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4-H shooting sports program benefits many

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The 4-H Shooting Sports program is one of the fastest growing Youth Programs in the country. 4-H Shooting Sports gathers young people that live in rural, suburban, and even urban environments.

The shooting disciplines include archery, rifle, shotgun, pistol, muzzle loading, and hunting & wildlife. A lot of the learned discipline for firearms, safety, and shooting skills all starts with 4-H.

Not only does the 4-H Shooting Sports program attract the youth, it also attracts adults who want to be involved and also become volunteers for the clubs involved with shooting sports.

The main objectives of the 4-H Shooting Sports Program are to enhance character development and personal growth, to teach firearms and archery safety, sportsmanship, and lastly, self-discipline. Everyone begins from somewhere, and 4-H Shooting Sports is the best way to get involved.

Even professional archers and shooters started small, most began their shooting career through 4-H, and worked their way to the top. One way 4-H Shooting Sports benefitted me was by giving me a kick start in my archery career, I began with 4-H, and progressed on small competition, all the way to international scale competitions. Without this shooting sports program, I wouldn’t have been where I am now.

If you want to take the 4-H Shooting Sports program to another level, you might also consider being a Texas 4-H Shooting Sports Ambassador like I am; and be a representative for Texas and your county. Not only will you also promote the Shooting Sports program, you might also inspire others to join in the Shooting Sports program and Ambassador program.

This program allows Ambassadors to demonstrate their skills in leadership, citizenship, and community service though ambassador activities that promote and encourage the 4-H Shooting Sports Program.

I joined the Shooting Sports program because shooting sports was something that genuinely interested me since I did tons of shooting on the ranch I live on.

After eight years of doing just the shooting sports program, countless amounts of archery shoots, shotgun shell boxes gone through, and boxes of .22 bullets, I finally joined the Texas 4-H Shooting Sports Ambassador Program to represent Texas 4-H Shooting Sports. So far, I have had so much fun being in this program, and especially meeting new people! I hope I have inspired someone to be involved in this program!

Please contact your local county extension agent or office for more information.

Quenten Noelke is an 4-H member and a junior at Iraan High School.

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