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Shooting Sports

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 county before enrolling in the shooting sports project. Local certified shooting sports coordinators and instructors are required for all disciplines. Kansas 4-H Shooting Sports adheres to the National Shooting Sports Policies. National policy regarding age states that 4-H Shooting Sports Programs are open to all youth 8 years of age or older (as of Jan. 1 of current year).

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

Shooting Sports State Plan

Minimum Standards from National Shooting Sports

Minimum Standards Memo

Ready to take the next step into shooting sports? Join the state committees!

Shooting Sports Committee Application
Match Committee Application

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. 

Important Match Documents

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

State Level
Pratt Community College Scholarship

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

National Level
Daisy 4-H Shooting Sports Scholarship

Annual Renewal Forms

NEW REPORTING DATES ARE : Oct. 1st - Sept. 30th

ALL FORMS DUE BY NOVEMBER 1ST

There are now 2 forms, one for coordinators and one for instructors. 

Instructions - READ BEFORE COMPLETING FORMS!

Instructors are responsible for submitting the Instructor Renewal Form (one form per instructor) with the $5.00 fee to their county coordinator by October 15th of each year. 

Coordinators are responsible for submitting all forms and fees for their respective county to the State 4-H Office by November 1st of each year. To speed up the process, please scan and email forms to Briana Jacobus and Ray Bartholomew. 

A late fee of $5 per coordinator and instructor will be assessed beginning November 2nd. 

For More Information Contact

Briana Jacobus
Kansas 4-H Shooting Sports Program Coordinator
briana0@ksu.edu

Ray E. Bartholomew
Kansas 4-H Shooting Sports Volunteer Coordinator
620-669-8161 ext. 237
ray.bartholomew@ks.udsa.gov

Pam Van Horn
Extension Specialist
785-532-5800
pvanhorn@ksu.edu