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4-H shooters hit the target

Sixty-six young people and their families, representing eight 4-H clubs from around the state, spent a summer weekend at the Vermont 4-H Shooting Sports Jamboree in Pawlet. Of the young participants, 12 were from Bennington County; 21 from Caledonia; 10 from Chittenden; 16 from Rutland; and seven from Windham.

In all, about 150 people camped together for the annual contest, which also celebrated 4-H Volunteer Clarence Decker's 50th year as a Vermont 4-H volunteer. He is one of the founding members of Oxbow Mountain 4-H Shooting Sports Club in Pawlet. The weekend also celebrated 25 years of 4-H shooting sports in the state.

The top four winners in the Novice Hunting contest were Nigel Waring, Green Mountain 4-H Shooting Sports Club, Lyndonville; Elizabeth Leslie, Caledonia 4-H Sharpshooters Club, St. Johnsbury/Lyndonville; Mark Hayden, Pownal Valley Sharpshooters 4-H Club, Pownal; and Evan DeMuynck, Mt. Mansfield Pioneers 4-H Club, Jericho. Junior winners were Sean Tillotson, Joshua Sanders, and Zachary Terhune, first, second, and fourth, of Caledonia 4-H Sharpshooters; and Ben Decker, Green Mountain 4-H Shooting Sports, third.

Senior winners were John Turner and Patrick Wilson, first and second, of Oxbow Mountain 4-H Shooting Sports Club, Pawlet; Jonathan Sanders, third, Caledonia 4-H Sharpshooters; and Medrick Petty IV, fourth, Oxbow Mountain 4-H Shooting Sports.

The top Shotgun winner in the Novice division was Mark Hayden of the Pownal Valley 4-H Sharpshooters, followed by Cameron Merrill of the Oxbow Mountain club; Nigel Waring, Green Mountain; and Elizabeth Leslie. Junior winners were Ben Decker, first; Joshua Sanders, second; Brad Hollister, Pownal Valley, third; and Dani Cochran, Green Mountain, fourth. In the Senior category, Medrick Petty IV of Oxbow Mountain received the top score, followed by Adam Martin, Mt. Mansfield Pioneers and Jay Wilson, Oxbow Mountain. Four members-John Turner, Patrick Wilson, and Thomas Wilson, of Oxbow Mountain, and Taylor Waring of Caledonia 4-H Sharpshooters-tied for honorable mention.

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