The 4-H Shooting Sports program in Michigan is over 25 years old! Shooting Sports is the second-largest project area in our state. We offer opportunities for 4-H youth to practice skills in Archery, Rifle (BB gun, Pellet (Air Rifle) and .22 rifle), Shotgun (Trap) and Muzzleloading. Youth may participate from ages 7-19 with special rules applying for ages 7 and 8.
Each year we hold a county competition for 4-H members 9-19 and there is a state wide competition held at different locations each year. Last year there were over 500 competitors at the state shoot. Everyone had a great time and several Barry County members won medallions.
All leaders involved in a Shooting Sports program must attend special training and become certified in each discipline they instruct. The annual training will be held at Kettunen Center, in April. This certification is part of the risk management plan required by Michigan State University (MSU) to ensure that the county programs are safe and conducted according to the curriculum established by the National 4-H Shooting Sports Committee. If you are interested in becoming a Shooting Sports leader, please contact the MSU Extension office. More certified leaders will allow our program to continue to grow. We have a county wide club for our 4-H Shooting Sports program, if you would like to be a part of the 4-H Shooting Sports project, call the Extension Office and ask to join the Barry County 4-H Shooting Sports Club or contact the clubs general leader, Jeff Harthy 269-948-2438 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.