4-H shooting sports program: safety, skills, and fun

WARRENSBURG Following the success of the 4-H Air Pistol program, the Warren County 4-H is offering its inaugural shooting sports multi-discipline class beginning on Wednesday Jan. 30. This program is designed to teach youth about the safe handling of firearms, the ethical use of firearms and bows in hunting, and about the role of the hunter in conservation. The main emphasis is always safety. This class in an intensive training session and those who are interested should realize the amount of time they are committing to. There are about 15 sessions of instruction by 4-H certified instructors with the help of DEC instructors as well. At least six of those sessions will take place on Saturdays. Many of the sessions will take place on the firing range utilizing bows, air guns, .22 calibers, shotguns, and muzzleloaders. This course will include both the Hunter Safety Certification and the Bow Hunter Safety Certification, though there are no fees for that program. The range and supply fee for the class will be $20 per youth for 4-H members and $25 for non-members (this includes 4-H enrollment). There is a discounted rate for families with more than one youth enrolled in the class. There is a provision for any family who may not be able to afford the fee, please contact the office for more information. Youth must be 12 years of age as of Jan. 30 to participate in this program and the program is limited to 18 spots. If you know of a youth that would be interested in this program, call John Bowe at the extension office at 668-4881 or jfb32@cornell.edu .

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