Shooting Sports & Wildlife Project
Explore firearms safety and the importance of conserving Minnesota's natural resources. Learn the safe use of air pistols, air rifles, .22 cal. rifles, shotguns, black-powder guns and archery. Wildlife education may include environmental awareness talks, a trip to forest resource centers, floods and natural disaster clean-up, or canoe trips to explore topography changes. Watch this video and read this fact sheet to see what 4-H youth are doing in 4-H Shooting Sports & Wildlife.
To view county or local club events, visit the county website.
Shooting Sports & Wildlife instructors must be certified. This is a weekend training designed to cover the knowledge and rules to become a certified instructor in one of these disciplines: archery, muzzle loading, shotgun, air rifle/air pistol/.22 rifle, wildlife and coordinator. It covers life skills, state regulations, and content skills needed for each. More info
4-H youth in grades 3 - one year past high school who have completed 15 hours of shooting with a certified instructor and eight hours of wildlife education may participate in the following areas: archery, muzzle loading, shotgun, air rifle, air pistol, .22 rifle, silhouette fun shoot and a skill-a-thon. More info
Earn a spot from the state shoot and have an opportunity to attend this week-long national shoot. More info
Project bowls are an exciting way for youth to explore a project area. Teams compete in quiz competitions with questions about specific project areas. You can compete in these categories: dairy, dog, general livestock (beef, sheep & swine), horse, poultry, rabbit and wildlife projects. Winners of the regional bowls advance to the state bowl. More info
4-H plays a pivotal role in youth development and public education at the Minnesota State Fair. More than 7,000 4-H youth have the opportunity to interact with the public and educate fairgoers through 4-H exhibits, demonstrations, performances, and 4-H promotion. More info
- Minnesota 4-H SS&W monthly e-newsletter: Get current SS&W events and resources. To subscribe, contact Nicole Pokorney at email@example.com.
- Shooting Sports and Wildlife Advancement Guide (PDF)
- Environmental Science Career Guide (PDF)
- Project bowl sample questions (PDF)
- Managing Your Land for Wildlife
- Minnesota 4-H Shooting Sports & Wildlife Journal
- Civilian Marksmanship Program
- 4-H national shooting sports video
- Project ideas and resources for exhibitors
(University of MN Extension)
- Hunter safety classes
(Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources)
- Hunters Education
- National Wild Turkey Organization
- Pheasants Forever
- Parks & Trails TV - Minnesota
- Federal Youth Shotshell Program
- Skill-a-Thon master keys
4-H SS&W Hall of Fame
The Minnesota Shooting Sports Hall of Fame has been established to honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to this program statewide. Nominees can be youth, parents, coaches or anyone else involved with this program. Nominees are reviewed by the Hall of Fame subcommittee, who then select up to three finalists. The Minnesota 4-H Shooting Sports PDC will then vote to select an inductee. The induction ceremony will take place at the annual Minnesota 4-H Shooting Sports & Wildlife Invitational held each September.
To nominate someone for this award, fill out and submit the nomination form. Any one person may make a nomination, but each person may make only one nomination per year. Nominations are due by June 1 of each year. Nominations that are submitted after June 1 will be considered for the following year.
Please send nominations to Nicole Pokorney, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other online resources
- Instill ethics, sportsmanship and responsibility in youth.
- Develop leadership skills.
- Promote the safe storage and handling of firearms and archery equipment.
- Expand 4-H membership.
- Job descriptions for shooting sports & wildlife volunteers are available from your county staff: www.4-H.umn.edu/county
- Directions for making a shooting mat
(Civilian Marksmanship Program)
- Directions for making a kneeling roll
(Civilian Marksmanship Program)
- Shooting sports medallion - find this in the 4-H Mall.
Policies and risk management procedures
The Minnesota 4-H Shooting Sports & Wildlife Ambassador Program is a leadership opportunity for youth leaders, grades 9-13th, to promote and enhance the Minnesota 4-H State SS&W Program. Ambassadors positively represent the SS&W Program at state, regional, and local levels.
To get involved with the 4-H Shooting Sports Project, contact your county 4-H staff.
All resources on this page have been reviewed by our faculty and included for their educational value. No endorsement is intended or implied. Minnesota 4-H does not profit from the inclusion of any commercial project resources.