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.

Upcoming Events

2017 Michigan 4-H State Shooting Sports Tournament. The State Shoot will be held July 29th at Centerline of Calhoun County.

2018 Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Certification Workshop. April 27-29, 2018

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

Heartland Public Shooting Park in Grand Island, Nebraska.  Please submit applications to Jake DeDecker 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:

Jake DeDecker, Associate Director of MSU Extension Children and Youth Programs
Michigan State University Extension
446 W. Circle Drive, Suite 160
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 884 -5966

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