Kansas 4-H Shooting Sports Home Page

Welcome to the Kansas 4-H Shooting Sport home page. Here you will find everything you need to know about shooting sports in Kansas. To learn about the latest events and trainings, take a look at the shooting sports event page. The shooting sports resource page is your one stop shop for rule books, forms and applications. You can check out the current action team and match committee members on the action team page. If you are looking for results from state or national matches, look no further than the match results page. Our quarterly newsletter is located on the on target page. If you need additional information, please contact any of the people below. 

Briana Jacobus                                                  
Kansas 4-H Shooting Sports Program Coordinator  

Ray E. Bartholomew                                                  
Kansas 4-H Shooting Sports Volunteer Coordinator        
620-669-8161 Ext 1237 or ray.bartholomew@ks.usda.gov                     

Pam Van Horn
Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development
785-532-5800 or pvanhorn@ksu.edu

Learning Objectives

Want to learn proper and safe ways to shoot an air rifle, or bow and arrow? check out the shooting sports project! The project teaches gun safety, hunting practices plus an opportunity to test your skills. If you have an interest in guns and/or hunting this project is a great way to learn. Check with the local extension office for the availability of a certified program in the country before enrolling into the shooting sports project as a local certified shooting sports coordinators and instructors are a must for all disciplines.

Things to learn/do in the project:

  • Care and safety of shooting sports equipment
  • Demonstrate safe use of air rifle, shotgun, bow, etc. through practice, talks, demonstrations and exhibits
  • Exhibit shooting sports skills at local, district and state events
Kansas 4-H Shooting Sports Policy Update

K-State Research and Extension and 4-H Youth Development are proud to be hosting 4-H Shooting Sports events and activities all across Kansas this summer. This message is a reminder of the most recent policies related to 4-H Shooting Sports and the administration of the program.

Receiving Extramural Funds:  State instructor training includes information about how 4-H Shooting Sports Programs may apply for grants and raise funds from donations in order to offset the cost of the program.  When applying for grants, the Extension Unit should complete form KSU 1-13 “Responsibilities for Extension Councils/District Administration of Extramural Funds” and present it to the Extension board for review and approval.  Form KSU 1-13: http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/boardleadership/doc8207.ashx

Shooting Sports Coordinator Requirements and Transition: 4-H Shooting Sports is unique in how it is organized and administered in extension units.  To offer any of the shooting sports project disciplines, each Extension Unit must have a Kansas State trained coordinator and a Kansas State trained discipline specific instructor for each discipline offered in their unit.  Agents are not authorized to act as a coordinator in the event their volunteer quits or they have not had a coordinator in recent years.  An agent can participate as the coordinator if they elect to take the Coordinator Certification training.  Refer to the link to the State Shooting Sports Plan and to determine how units can operate when there is a transition between coordinators: www.kansas4h.org/doc14969.ashx  

It is recommended that 4-H enrollment forms provided to prospective members only list the disciplines that are available, due to lack of certified instructors.  For example, if the unit does not have a certified shotgun instructor, then the discipline is not available to the members.  If the extension unit does not have a certified 4-H shooting sports coordinator, then the entire project is not available. In the event that an existing shooting sports program loses their coordinator, a neighboring unit’s coordinator can be asked to fill in until a new volunteer can be certified as a coordinator.  A new coordinator must be certified at the next training or at least within two certified trainings.

What do youth do if their discipline of choice is not available in their Extension Unit?   Recruiting of youth from other extension units or counties to create a “Super Team” is not allowed.  However, if both extension units Executive Boards agree, a member may take instruction and training under a certified instructor in a neighboring unit when their Extension Unit does not have a certified instructor in their discipline until a certified instructor can be trained.  The youth would stay enrolled in their home county and would be required to have their Extension Agent and the certified instructor from the neighboring unit sign for any attempt to compete in any discipline related matches. The certified instructor must verify when a shooter can safely participate in discipline activities beyond local training.   

In addition, remember Clover Buds, because of their age, are not allowed to participate in the shooting sports project, and our liability insurance does not cover them.

Much of what we do in 4-H Shooting Sports is to mitigate the inherent risks associated with the sport.  Trained certified instructors and coordinators are an essential part of risk management as well as  the liability insurance that covers all active certified instructors.  The annual renewal report and process is to help insure the integrity of the program and provide a current list of those insured.  This list is also the reference used to assure that each active Extension Unit program has a certified coordinator and   certified instructors for each discipline offered. 

Thank you for your support of Kansas youth and the 4-H Shooting Sports program.

Project Materials

BB, SS101

Air Rifle, SS102

Air Pistol, SS103

Archery, SS104

Shotgun, SS200

Hunting Skills, SS201

Muzzleloading, SS202

Small Bore Rifle, SS300

Small Bore Pistol, SS301

Project Leader Resources

  • 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Notebooks are only available when leaders attend a Shooting Sports Certification Workshop
  • Instructor Job Description
    To be filled out and turned into your local extension office. 
Events and Activities

State 4-H Shooting Sports Local Qualifying Matches
See specific bulletin & registration information posted for each match

Fall State 4-H Shooting Sports Matches
When: October
Archery, Hunting Skills, Shotgun, Muzzleloading, Small Bore Pistol, and Small Bore Rifle

Spring State 4-H Shooting Sports Match
When: April
Air Pistol, Air Rifle, and BB Gun

National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational Match
When: June

Instructor and Apprentice Certified Training Program (ages 14+)
When: March/April


Awards and Recognition

County Level
Award: Medal presented at your 4-H Achievement Banquet
Donor: Kansas 4-H Foundation Patron Sponsor Fund

State Level
Award: Medallion
Donor: Kansas 4-H Foundation Patron Sponsor Fund

National Level
Award: $400 National 4-H Congress Scholarship
Donor: Kansas 4-H Foundation Patron Sponsor Fund