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4-H Shooting Education Club taking aim

Shooting sports are the second most popular international sport behind track and field; and, interestingly enough, shooting sports are usually uniquely a lifetime sport.

Building on this popularity, two Pulaski County 4-H’ers are participating in one of Pulaski County 4-H’s new and exciting programs, the 4-H Shooting Education Club.

The goal of the club is to be able to introduce county 4-H’ers to the fun and discipline of competitive shooting. These two Pulaski County 4-H’ers are doing just that … having fun and taking aim with a Daisy 499 BB gun, learning to be competitive shooters.

Besides learning to be competitive shooters, the club also instills a sense of camaraderie among its members. “It has been great to watch them grow together, encouraging one another, said Pulaski County 4-H Extension Agent Chris Lichty. “The support and fellowship among the group is fantastic.”

Equally as important, Lichty added, “4-H’ers are incorporating the basic skills of marksmanship, shooting ethics, and responsibility and respect for the use of the firearm.”

Shooting activities are designed to foster an exchange of ideas, greater knowledge, inspiration, self-confidence and leadership skills among members.  The club recently hosted and competed in its first Pulaski County 4-H Fun Shoot in August. Members competed against other 4-H’ers from Floyd and Montgomery counties. Every participant walked away with a certificate of participation and ribbons.

Pulaski County 4-H Shooting Education Club is open to youth ages 9-18. Additionally, 4-H is family oriented. Parents are highly encouraged to come to meetings and with training, they may act as range safety officers, assistant instructors or club leaders.

Certified adult volunteers Allen Meek and Larry Bandolin, and Lichty instruct the program. All three have completed training workshops, learning the techniques necessary to teach youth the basic fundamentals of shooting,

The program’s success will eventually be evaluated with participants’ improvement in local, district and state contests.  Youth will also be evaluated on personal growth in leadership skills, self-discipline, self-esteem, responsibility, sportsmanship, morals and ethics.

For further information about joining the club and Pulaski County 4-H, contact Lichty at 980-7761 or email him at  HYPERLINK “mailto:pulaskicounty4-h@vt.edu” pulaskicounty4-h@vt.edu.

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