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Thursday, March 17, 2016

4-H Shooting Sports Point Kids in the Right Direction

4-H 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. McKean County has one shooting sports club, an air rifle and archery, Mountaintop Adventurers in Smethport with instructors Shane Lister and Theresa Hezlep.

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. Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Front row: Isaac Grovanz, Ethan Jones, Mason Roessner, Robyn Anderson, and Logan Benninger.
Back row: Josh Anderson, Shawn Duell, Rosemary Anderson, Joshua Duell, David Anderson, Andy Anderson and coach Buck Jackson.  Not pictured: Isaac Burr, Calla and Ty Small, Lakota Timothy, Blaise Chapell and coach Roger Chapell.

Regional 4-H Shooting Sports Competition

The annual North Central Regional 4-H Air Rifle Shooting Sports competition was held Saturday, March 12th at the Boys and Girls Club in St. Marys. Sixty-six shooters from 5 counties (Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, and Potter) participated. The participants shot in three relays, and shot in the prone, standing, and kneeling positions.

Potter County sent 15 shooters from the Bullseye Blasters 4-H Club lead by Buck Jackson, Pat Jackson and Roger Chapell. 4-Hers have been practicing every Sunday night since October for this competition.

In the 8 to 10 year division Mason Roessner took third place with Ty Small placing sixth. The team of Mason Roessner, Ty Small and Robin Anderson took second place. In the 11-12 year old division the team of Ethan Jones, Shawn Duell, and David Anderson took fifth. In the 13-15 year old division the team of Blaise Chapell, Rosemary Anderson and Lakota Timothy placed second. In the 16-18 division the team of Logan Benninger, Joshua Duell, and Josh Anderson placed fourth. Buck Jackson served as range officer for the competition.

Congratulations to all Potter County shooters and coaches! The Bullseye Blasters 4-H club is wrapping up it year at the end of March but will be back in action in the fall of 2016. If interested in participating call the Extension Office at 274-8540. Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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