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Friday, March 20, 2015

Shooting Sports Point Kids in the Right Direction

The focus of all 4-H programs is the development of youth as individuals and as responsible, productive citizens. The PA 4-H Shooting Sports Program stands out as an example. Youth learn marksmanship, the safe and responsible use of firearms, the principles of hunting and archery, and much more. The activities of the program and the support of caring adult leaders provide young people with opportunities to develop life skills, self-worth, and conservation ethics.

Specific objectives for the PA Shooting Sports program are to: teach decision making, teamwork, self-discipline, self-confidence, and problem solving; promote the highest standards of safety, sportsmanship, and ethical behavior; encourage an appreciation and understanding of natural resources; develop leadership abilities; build character and willingness to assume citizenship responsibility; furnish enjoyable, positive relationships with peers and adult instructors; strengthen families through participation in lifelong recreational activities; and to build awareness of related career opportunities.

If you are interested in becoming a shooting sports club member, Potter County has one shooting sports clubs, an air rifle club, Bullseye Blasters in Coudersport with instructors Buck and Pat Jackson and Roger Chapell. Over the past seventeen years, Potter County has had five 4-H members advance to the national level to compete in the National NRA Championships and Junior Olympics, you could be the next one.

4-H members have opportunities to test their shooting, hunting, and sportsmanship skills in county, regional, state, and national competitions. In fact, they could ultimately set Olympic competition as their goal. There are seventeen Olympic shooting sports events, which continue to draw the third-greatest number of countries. To get involved in one of the shooting sports club, call the Potter County Extension Office at 274-8540 for more information.


Anonymous said...

How do you safely transport your weapons from house to vehicle and from vehicle to shooting range?Do you receive training for what to do if someone calls the police and says someone is walking thru the neighborhood with a gun and it is you?Please be careful!

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