Washington County 4-H Competes at State Shooting Competition

Published: Monday, March 25, 2013 at 11:32 AM.

Every other Sunday afternoon, you’ll find about 30 Washington County 4-H’ers and their parents at the archery range or skeet/trap range for shooting sports practice.  They’re laughing, talking and having a good time, but as soon as they step up to shooting line, the expressions on their faces let you know this is serious business to them.  Across the nation, the 4-H Shooting Sports program has become one of the most popular programs, and Florida 4-H is no exception.  Washington County 4-H hosts two of the shooting sports disciplines in shotgun and archery.  Taking a deeper look into the program, you’ll learn that youth aren’t just being taught to shoot targets with accuracy; they are learning positive skills that will go with them throughout their lives. 

The mission of Extension 4-H programs is positive youth development.  The different programs, including shooting sports, are vehicles to achieve this.  Not only are youth learning safe and responsible use of firearms and principles of archery, they are developing life skills in self-confidence, personal discipline, responsibility and sportsmanship.

Shotgun coach, Gary Clark, stated that safety is the top priority in everything he teaches his members.  At a recent shotgun coach recertification session, the trainer commented that Sure Shots 4-H Club members were some of the most conscientious youth she had worked with and that Clark’s dedication to teaching safety and respect for firearms was evident in everything the 4-H’ers did. 

Samantha Raney knows first-hand the value of the 4-H Youth Development program; once a Washington County 4-H’er, Raney is now a 4-H volunteer and coach of Top Nocks 4-H Club.  While she’s participated in everything from science projects to public speaking to consumer judging, she says that the shooting sports program was one of the most beneficial experiences that she had as a 4-H’er, and she wants to pass that on to other kids. 

At the recent Florida 4-H state archery match, 4-H Juniors Gavin Kindig, Cole Dillard and Avery Sapp competed along with Senior 4-H members Levi McDaniel, Joel Owen, Aaron Doss and Nathan Nichols. 
Held at the Easton Newberry Sports Complex, 4-H’ers competed in FITA (Federation of International Target Archery) which are the traditional ringed archery targets, field which involves shooting in wooded, rough and rugged terrain at different distances and angels as well as 3-D which involves shooting at wildlife targets where hits are scored according to where it lands on the target.

After a full day of competition with over 230 4-H’ers from all over the state, Cole Dillard placed 10thin Junior Compound and Avery Sapp placed ninth in Junior Compound.  Senior 4-H member Aaron Doss placed eighth in Compound.  Levi McDaniel, who competed as a Florida National Archery Team Member last year, placed third in Recurve. 

The Florida 4-H state shotgun match was hugely successful for the Sure Shots 4-H Club who took away the majority of top placing at the competition.  Following are their awards:

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