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Arkansas 4-H Shooting Sports Program

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The Arkansas 4-H Shooting Sports Program is perfect for kids who are interested in a safe and fun way to get outdoors and learn new skills.

County O-Rama Gun Safety and BB Contest Guide

The program is modeled after the National 4-H Shooting Sports Program.

Instruction is included in:

  • Archery - Recurve and Compound
  • Rifle - BB, Air, and Smallbore
  • Pistol - Air and Smallbore
  • Shotgun -  Trap, Sporting Clays, and Skeet
  • Black powder/muzzle loader
  • Hunting Skills - Wildlife Identification, Orienteering, and Hunters Ed.

Shooting Sports Safety 

Safety is the first priority of the Arkansas 4-H Shooting Sports Program. Our policies help ensure 4-H members and leaders stay safe. You can review our official policies by clicking the link below:

The program is designed to:

  • Enhance self-confidence, personal development, discipline, responsibility, and sportsmanship.
  • Create an appreciation and understanding of natural resources.
  • Provide volunteer instructors safe and proper instructional techniques and methods to teach youth.
  • Give youth thorough, safe instruction and training in the use of firearms and teach conservation principles.
  • Be FUN and SAFE for all participants. 
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Getting Involved

Arkansas 4-H Shooting Sports is a county-delivered 4-H Program.  To get involved, you will need to contact your County Extension Office and sign up on Arkansas 4-H Online. The contact information for 4-H Shooting Sports can be found there. If your county does not have an active 4-H Shooting Sports Club, contact the state 4-H office at 501-671-2053. 

The specific goals and objectives of the 4-H Shooting Sports Program include, but are not limited to, those listed below:

  • Youth Development is the number one goal and objective of the 4-H Shooting Sports Program, and is achieved by utilizing the tools available through the disciplines of recreational shooting sports.
  • To enhance development of self-concept, character, personal growth, and life skills through safe, educational and socially acceptable involvement in shooting activities.
  • To teach safe and responsible handling and storage of firearms and archery equipment at home, on the shooting range, and in the field, including sound decision making, self-discipline and concentration.
  • To promote the highest standards of safety, sportsmanship and ethical behavior.
  • To encourage understanding and participation in natural resources and related natural science programs by exposing participants to the content through target shooting, hunting, and related activities.
  • To expose participants to the broad array of vocational and lifelong avocation activities related to shooting sports.
  • To complement and enhance the impact of existing safety, shooting, and hunter education programs using experiential education methods and progressive development of skills and abilities.
  • To provide 4-H adult volunteers with instructor training and certification in shooting sports, and to provide advance training in the various shooting sports disciplines.

4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Training

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4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Training

Shooting sports is an activity which must be conducted with due regard for the safety of participants. Arkansas 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Training/Certification and 4-H Volunteer Leader Certification  are required of all those who want to work with youth in the program. 

Arkansas 4-H Range Events State Competition

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Arkansas 4-H Range Events State Competition

The 4-H Range Events State Competition allows youth the opportunity to test their abilities in a variety of competitive shooting disciplines.