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4-H Shooting Sports

4-H Shooting Sports Targeted at STEM, Safety, and Environmental Stewardship & Conservation


The goal of the 4-H Shooting Sports program is to provide a safe environment for  youth to learn self-discipline, personal responsibility, ethics, citizenship, and environmental stewardship and conservation.  The teaching tool may be a longbow, an air-rifle, a shotgun, an animal skull & pelt, historical tools and skills, or even a modern muzzleloader in the hands of a dedicated, trained volunteer who has an interest in sharing their positive experiences and passion for conservation and the natural world.

The New York State 4-H Shooting Sports program is part of the National 4-H Shooting Sports program that reaches around 300,000 youth annually; making it one of the largest youth shooting sports programs in the United States. Here in New York, thousands of youth participate in various program disciplines: including Archery, Air Pistol, Hunting & Wildlife, Living History, Muzzleloading, Rifle, and Shotgun. Each discipline offers a combination of teaching and learning styles with lecture, observation, hands-on participation, and possibly even teach back techniques.

 The New York State 4-H Shooting Sports program is  also a part of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s environment and natural resources program area, which aims to develop knowledge that will help individuals and communities make decisions and take actions to preserve and enhance environm
ental quality and human health.  The NYS 4-H Shooting Sports program is nested within a broader 4-H Natural Resources Program and many groups plan outdoor oriented community-service projects, or civic ecology practices.  Explicit linkages are being established between the Department of Natural Resources and its extension activities, the broader CCE environment and natural resources program and the NYS 4-H Shooting Sports program.  The presence of such linkages enable enhanced collaboration between the NYS 4-H Shooting Sports program, the involved 4-H clubs and CCE county associations that support them, and the Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

While 4-H Shooting Sports is connected to our past; it is also connected to our future. Through integration with Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET); shooting sports can use the latest technology to plot the projected performance of a bullet or an arrow. By experimenting with different materials like carbon or alloys, bows; rifles; shotguns; and muzzeloaders can perform their historical role as a hunting tool or recreational shooter but may have less impact on the environment. Texas A & M 4-H Shooting Sports has a competitive game called; "Flight;" that challenges youth to experiment with aerodynamics by having them cast an arrow as far as possible.

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