In the Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports program, members can learn safety and shooting techniques for shotgun, rifle, air gun, muzzle loading and archery. They also learn how to handle firearms responsibly for target practice and hunting.

4-H Shooting SportsGet kids on target through the 4-H Shooting Sports Program! 

The Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports program has been active for more than 20 years. Youth in more than 70 counties participate in a variety of shooting sports areas every year! Members can learn safety and shooting techniques for shotgun, rifle, air gun, muzzle loading and archery. They learn how to handle firearms responsibly for target practice and hunting and learn respect for the natural environment.


The goal of all 4-H Youth Development programs is youth development. All project areas work toward developing skills youth need to be productive and positive adults in society. Decision making, teamwork, problem solving, being responsible and having high self-esteem are just a few of the many skills 4-H helps to develop. 

Objectives specific to the 4-H Shooting Sports program are to:

  • Encourage participation in environmental and outdoor education programs by exposing youth to shooting, hunting and other related activities.
  • Support youth in developing valuable conservation and natural resources related knowledge, skills and stewardship.
  • Enhance development of self-concept, character and personal growth through safe, educational and socially acceptable involvement in shooting.
  • Teach safe and responsible use of firearms and archery equipment.
  • Promote the highest standards of safety, sportsmanship, ethical behavior and conservation.
  • Strengthen families through participation in lifelong recreational activities.
  • Provide hands-on learning experiences.

Certification/Recertification Information

To become a certified Shooting Sports Instructor and maintain that status, please use the link below to review policy and procedures.  For questions/concerns please contact Laura Quist at 

Upcoming Events

Alcona 4-H Youth Archery Tournament.  This tournament will be held Friday, July 27 at Lost Lake Woods Club in Lincoln, MI.  For questions/concerns please contact Les Thomas 

2018 Michigan 4-H State Shooting Sports Tournament. The State Shoot will be held August 4th at Blue Water Sportsman's Association in St. Clair County.

  • For Discipline Rules, please see Tournament Rules page.
  • T-shirts will be for sale on site in a variety of sizes, colors and styles that can be custom made for you!  Be sure to check it out!
  • Volunteers are needed! Contact Laura Quist at

Festival of the Pines 4-H Youth Archery Tournament  This tournament will be held Saturday, September 8 at Lake City, MI.  For questions/concerns and registration information please contact Dale Mosher 

2019 Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Certification Workshop. April 26-28, 2019

  • Participants MUST complete the Volunteer Selection Process prior to the workshop.
  • e-learning course information
    All four modules of the e-learning course must be completed by all workshop participants prior to the workshop regardless of age or length of service as a 4-H Volunteer. Participants will not be certified if modules are not completed prior to attending the workshop.
  • Certification and Recertification Policies and Application (updated May 2018)

2018 National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational. June 24 - 29, 2018. 

Heartland Public Shooting Park in Grand Island, Nebraska.  Please submit applications to Laura Quist at by December 1, 2017.

Get Involved

4-H Members

In each 4-H shooting sports discipline, all youth learn basic skills and shoot under the direct supervision of a certified instructor/4-H leader for that discipline.

  • Local 4-H Shooting Sports clubs are open to all youth ages 9 to 19.
  • Archery or BB Gun can be appropriate for ages 7 and 8 with one on one adult direct supervision at the discretion and authorization of a certified shooting sports instructor.

To find a group in your area, visit your county MSU Extension office or check out upcoming 4-H Shooting Sports events

Range Policy - View the Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports Range Policy for guidance to range requirements

Adult 4-H Volunteers

4-H Shooting Sports Instructors
All 4-H Shooting Sports clubs are supervised by certified 4-H Shooting Sports Instructors. Certification workshops are held throughout the year in various locations in addition to the state training at the Kettunen Center in April. (For information on becoming a 4-H Shooting Sports Certified Instructor, please visit 4-H Volunteer Job Description: 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor and Michigan State 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Certification and Recertification Policies and Application.) Instructor manuals are distributed at the 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Training Workshops. This is the only place to obtain an instructor manual. 

How can ‘non-certified’ volunteers help out?

Safe shooting sports programs require a lot of support from adult volunteers. There are many ways to help out — your certified instructor can provide you with additional information. Contact your county MSU Extension office or find a local club in your area and don’t be afraid to ask how you can help!

Support 4-H Shooting Sports

Partners include:

  • Organizations wanting to expand youth development through conservation education such as hunting and shooting sports
  • Sportsman’s clubs willing to share their space with local groups


Assistance from individuals or organizations is welcome and critical to our mission. To donate, please contact the Michigan 4-H Youth Foundation. The following organizations have provided crucial funding support to youth shooting sports programs so they remain accessible to all youth in Michigan:

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For more information on how to get involved as a youth or volunteer, contact your county MSU Extension office or:

Laura Quist
Michigan State University Extension
6180 W. Sanborn Road, Suite 2
Lake City, MI 49651
Phone: (231) 839-5848

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