Shooting sports & wildlife project
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Applications are due February 14, 2014!
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.
State & regional events
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
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)
Shooting Sports & Wildlife project resources
- 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 (131 K PDF)
- Environmental Science Career Guide (2.7 MB PDF)
- Project bowl sample questions (11K PDF)
- Managing Your Land for Wildlife
- Minnesota 4-H Shooting Sports & Wildlife Journal
Project leader and volunteer resources
- Minnesota state 4-H shooting sports & wildlife project development committee (PDC) information and application form
- Shooting sports game (149 K PPT)
- Taking Aim at Youth Development
(353 K PDF, Center magazine, 1999)
Other online resources
4-H youth record keeping
- Shooting sports evaluation sheet (41 K PDF)
- To get involved with the 4-H shooting sports program, contact your county 4-H staff.