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Taking Aim at Youth Development
4-H Shooting Sports is a youth development educational program. It uses the skills and disciplines of shooting to assist young people and their leaders in obtaining knowledge and developing skills. Development of skills within the discipline of shooting and "life skills" is implicit in the program curriculum and explicitly stated for volunteers. It appeals to young people and volunteers from a wide range of urban and rural backgrounds. 4-H Shooting Sports promotes positive youth-adult interaction and peer leadership.

The focus of the Missouri 4-H Shooting Sports program is the total development of the young person. The shooting sports and related natural resource activities are utilized as a vehicle for human growth and development. The Shooting Sports program attracts new audiences as well as enhances the traditional 4-H club program.

As with all Missouri 4-H projects, Shooting Sports is open to any youth from ages of 8 through 18.  Project choices for youth include:

·         740. Shooting Sports Safety – pre-requisite for other SS projects. See SS policies for additional details.

·         741. Archery

·         742. Air Rifle/BB Gun

·         743. Smallbore Rifle - .22 caliber

·         744. Air Pistol

·         745. Shotgun (11 years of age and older)

·         747. Smallbore Pistol (14 and older)

·         748. Muzzle Loading (11 years of age and older)

·         749. Hunting & Outdoor Skills

 

Program Objectives

·         To enhance the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of youth through safe, educational, and socially acceptable involvement in a shooting related activity.

·         To teach safe and responsible use of firearms and archery equipment including sound decision-making, self-discipline, and concentration.

·         To promote the highest standards of safety, sportsmanship, and ethical behavior.

·         To encourage understanding of our natural resources and the development of a personal environmental stewardship ethic by young people through participation in shooting, hunting, and related activities.

·         To strengthen families through life-long recreational activities.

·         To expose participants to the broad array of vocational and lifelong vocational activities related to the shooting sports.

·         To complement and enhance the impact of existing safety and hunter education programs.

 

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National 4-H Shooting Sports Committee Position Statements

 

Why does 4-H have a Shooting Sports program?

4-H uses shooting sports to teach youth development.  Our programs are valuable for helping young people develop self-confidence, personal discipline, responsibility, teamwork, self-esteem and sportsmanship.  The discipline and self-control required for responsible firearms use carries over into many other aspects of life.

 

4-H programs provide a positive experience for youth and promote the safe and ethical use of firearms.

 

It is our belief that firearms education reduces gun accidents.

 

Hunting and shooting are rich American traditions.  4-H shooting sports programs help continue this tradition through involvement of the total family:  youth, teens, parents, grandparents, etc.

 

Don’t shooting programs like those run by 4-H help spread American’s violent gun culture?

No!  In fact, there is ample evidence that the opposite is true.  The 4-H shooting sports program is designed to teach good self-concept and character, and to promote the highest standards of safety and ethical behavior.  In addition, with 60-80 million gun owners in America, and the vast majoring of them using guns safely and responsibly, America has a peaceful gun culture.

 

In a society that has chosen to possess firearms, all members, regardless of age should be provided adequate training to ensure safe, ethical and responsible interaction with firearms.

 

Isn’t easy access to firearms one reason for the violent behavior we’ve seen in Columbine and other school shootings?

·         The safest location for a responsible gun owner to store a firearm is the secure environment of his or her home.

 

·         Firearms should be stored so that they are inaccessible to unauthorized users.

 

Isn’t hunting inhumane and unnecessary in modern life?

There are four primary values that arise from hunting:  societal, economic, ecological and historical.

 

Societal.  Hunting is a viable and healthy food source, promoting good sportsmanship and ethics.  It is a valued part of our American heritage and is exceptionally good mental/physical exercise.  Hunting is an ideal and common family activity.

 

Economic.  Hunting minimizes the economic loss of human life and property damage that may result from road kills and crop depredation.  Hunters spend millions of dollars each year to pursue the sport, and much of that money goes directly into wildlife management.

 

Ecological.  Hunting is a vital wildlife management tool.  Hunters’ dollars support wildlife habitat projects in every state in the USA.  Hunting improves the health of natural wildlife populations and contributes to the conservation of our natural resources.  A well-placed shot by a skilled marksman is a more humane cause of death than natural causes experienced by wildlife.

 

Historical.  Hunting was a necessary method of obtaining food and clothing by our forefathers.  The act of hunting and utilizing game animals, in similar ways, helps us to appreciate the demands and sacrifices that our ancestors faced in the historical development of modern civilization.

 

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Shooting Sports Policies and Procedures

Policies and Procedures in Detail

 

4-H Shooting Sports is a unique 4-H project in that there are social issues and concerns with shooting sports that other projects do not deal with.  Because of this uniqueness, Missouri 4-H has developed some special guidelines and policies for the Shooting Sports projects.  4-H members, parents, and leaders are responsible for understanding and following these policies.

 

·         A 4-H member may only be enrolled in a 4-H Shooting Sports project if it is led by a 4-H Certified Shooting Sports volunteer.  There is NO Exception to this policy for a parent working with his or her own child.  Only a certified 4-H Shooting Sports leader may lead any member in a Shooting Sports project. 

 

·         4-H Leader Certification is required for volunteers in the Shooting Sports discipline projects: Archery, Air Rifle (BB/Pellet), Small bore Rifle, Pellet Pistol, Shotgun, Muzzleloading, and Hunting & Outdoor Skills.  No other certification or qualifications are accepted as a substitute.

 

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Shooting Sports Partners

 

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George Clark Chapter (Missouri)

In 1973 when the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded, there were an estimated 1.3 million wild turkeys and 1.5 million turkey hunters. Thanks to the work of state wildlife agencies and the NWTF's many volunteers and partners, today there are an estimated 5.6 million wild turkeys and approximately 2.6 million turkey hunters. Since 1985, more than $150 million NWTF and cooperator dollars have been spent on over 17,000 projects benefiting wild turkeys throughout North America.

The NWTF is a 390,000-member grassroots, nonprofit organization with members in 50 states, Canada and 11 foreign countries. It supports scientific wildlife management on public, private and corporate lands as well as wild turkey hunting as a traditional North American sport.

The National Wild Turkey Federation pledged $50,000 per year for 10 years (2000-2009) to the National 4-H Shooting Sports program.  Additionally, state chapters of NWTF have pledged to match that gift in support of State 4-H Shooting Sports program.  Chapters throughout the country donate from $100 to $5000 per year.  That pledge was completed in 7 years rather than 10.  The George Clark Missouri State Chapter supported Missouri 4-H Shooting Sports even before the national program and continues to support it today...after the national commitment was concluded.  The state chapter provides $5000 annually to support Missouri 4-H Shooting Sports state program. Thank You!

 

For more information contact the National Wild Turkey Federation (803-637-3106) or Missouri State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.

 

NWTF and 4-H Shooting Sports

Turkey County -Nov-Dec 2013

 

 

Missouri Department of Conservation

 

      MDC has been a friend of Missouri 4-H Shooting Sports since it’s inception in the mid 1980s.  The department continues to support 4-H in a variety of ways – with support of personnel, facilities, and funds.

 

   The Department of Conservation supports all of the 4-H Outdoor Education/Natural Resources programs including Sportfishing, Conservation, Outdoor Adventures, Wildlife and many other.  MDC resources are used to supplement many of these projects. 

 

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The Missouri Friends of the NRA continue to be tremendous supporter of the 4-H shooting program.  Safety and marksmanship – two important aspects of NRA’s mission is also the foundation of the 4-H Shooting Sports program.  Grant funds raised by the Missouri Friends of the NRA are administered through the NRA Foundation.  The grants support local 4-H shooting education programs as well as the Missouri state program.  hey are great friends.

 

 

 

 

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Federal Cartridge Company

 

Located in Anoka, Minnesota, Federal is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Edina, Minnesota-based ATK, Alliant Techsystems. With a work force of nearly 1,000, Federal manufactures a complete line of shotshell, centerfire and rimfire ammunition and components.                         

Federal has supported 4-H conservation and shooting programs for more than 75 years.  Currently, states with active 4-H Shooting programs receive financial support for leader training.

 

 

Throughout the years, the Big Game Hunters Inc. has conducted dinner auctions to raise money to be used for education and the preservation of the shooting sports.

National and Missouri 4-H Shooting Sports programs have benefitted from the generosity of the BGHF. 

 

 

 

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Midway USA and the Potterfield family are strong supporters of the 4-H Shooting Sports program. 

 

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