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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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
Other online resources
- 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
- Shooting sports plan and policy (PDF)
- Risk management procedures and policies for volunteers, staff and members ( PDF)
- Parental consent to use or handle firearms or air guns (PDF)
Spanish version of parental consent (PDF)
- Facility use & equipment (PDF)
- Firearm transfer agreement (PDF)
- WORM assessment (PDF)
- National SS checklist for ranges (PDF)
- Firearms inspection form (PDF)
To get involved with the 4-H Shooting Sports Project, contact your county 4-H staff.
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