Local 4-Hers Hit the Road for State 4-H Shooting Sports Event
By: Sandy Wallin, Carson City/Storey County 4-H and youth instructor, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Storey County 4-H Shooting Sports leader Rich Knight had a dream five years ago to engage Carson City and Storey County youth in safe firearm practices through the 4-H Shooting Sports program. In addition, Knight hoped to lead the 4-Hers in developing their target shooting skills, with a goal to eventually take part in the annual State 4-H Shooting Sports culminating event.
The event, held in alternating counties throughout Nevada at the end of each 4-H year, brings Nevada 4-Hers together to compete in up to four of the 4-H Shooting Sports disciplines offered: air pistol, air rifle, .22 rifle, muzzleloader, shotgun or archery. During the daylong event, youth challenge themselves and one another as they share tactics on improving skills. In addition, older 4-H youth get the opportunity to mentor younger 4-Hers.
This year, Knight realized his dream, as 13 Storey County and Carson City youth, ages 9 — 18, hit the road for the state competition in Ely on Sept. 15. The youth, members of the Comstock Hot Shots 4-H Shooting Sports Club and the Carson City Hot Shots 4-H Shooting Sports Shotgun Club, learned a lot about their fellow 4-H Shooting Sports enthusiasts throughout Nevada, and how to remain poised as they compete in a major event.
4-Hers participating from Carson City and Storey County and their awards are as follows:
Junior division archery: Chris Lawrence, bronze medal; and Jeremy Green and Samantha Lowe, red awards.
Intermediate division archery: Bryce James, blue award; and Marisa Landry, red award.
Intermediate division freestyle archery: Gage Annand, blue award. Intermediate division air pistol: Bryce James, silver medal; and Gage Annand, red award.
Intermediate division .22 rifle: Gage Annand and Bryce James, blue awards.
Intermediate division muzzleloader: Gage Annand, silver medal. Junior division shotgun: Alex Knudson, bronze medal; and Jeremy Green, blue award.
Intermediate division shotgun: Cody Tucker, blue award. Senior division shotgun: Colton Wright, gold medal; Heather Knudson, silver medal; and Jeff Curby, Jason Curby and Micah Davis, blue awards.
Knight and fellow 4-H Shooting Sports leaders Tamara Knight, Geoff Landry, Greg Wright and Rusty Wolbers say this fun-packed event perfectly topped off a year of safety trainings and weekly practice shoots. 4-Hers returned to their clubs with enhanced leadership skills and self-confidence, ready to challenge their club members to get ready for next year.
4-H is a youth leadership and development program of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. For information on 4-H Shooting Sports and other 4-H programs in Carson City / Storey County, contact University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, (775) 887-2252.