COLUMBIA, Mo. — Missouri 4-H members packed their bags, bows and firearms for the 4-H Shooting Sports National Invitational and returned with the Tom Davison trophy for compiling the top results by a state program.
The traveling trophy had been awarded only to Texas 4-H since its inception eight years ago. That changed on July 2, when Missouri was announced as the top program at the 2010 competition.
Missouri took a full complement of teams—nine teams of four youth each plus a volunteer coach for each team.
Teams and individuals compete in three events within their shooting discipline and are recognized for their performance in each event. Shooters are then recognized for overall performance in all three events.
Missouri teams placed in the top five in all nine disciplines: shotgun, smallbore rifle, smallbore pistol, air rifle, air pistol, muzzleloading, compound archery, recurve archery and hunting skills.
The national competition took place in Kerrville, Texas, June 28-July 2. Thirty states were represented by 515 youth at the competition. Hurricane Alex made for wet and miserable shooting conditions most days, but Missouri 4-H shooters made the most of it and shot well.
Shooting sports is the largest project in University of Missouri Extension’s 4-H Center for Youth Development. It has been one of the fastest-growing programs nationally, with more than 150,000 boys and girls over the last 15 years learning life skills as well as shooting skills under the guidance of caring adult volunteers.
Competition participants included 4-H youth from the following counties: Boone, Callaway, Cass, Cooper, Franklin, Greene, Henry, Jasper, Lafayette, Lewis, Linn, Macon, Monroe, Osage, Perry, Pettis, Pike, Saline, Texas, Vernon and Warren.
Full list of team members and coaches (PDF)
Missouri results from 4-H Shooting Sports National Invitational (PDF)