Shooting Sports

Michael Lavergne, Leger, Toby J.  |  11/14/2011 9:44:30 PM

Several advanced shotgun shooters prepare for competition in Kaplan, Louisiana.

Shooters Ryan Leger, John M. Poe, and Jake Bruce take a look at the next flight on Station 2 in Kaplan, Louisiana. They are accompanied by fathers, Ted Bruce and John Poe.

Ryan Leger taking position on station 2 in Kaplan, Louisiana.

Membership in Beauregard Parish Shooting Sport (BPSS) is open to all school-aged youths 9 years and older in Beauregard Parish.BPSS maintains an active schedule with monthly field days to educate our youth and to allow them to experience the use of firearms in a safe environment. Parents who assist the youth in this program are required to attend a day-long course to become certified in a shooting sports discipline. The 12-hour course includes training materials derived from NRA, NAA and 4-H resources.

Beauregard Parish Shooting Sports is affiliated with the Southwest Shotgun League. The Shotgun League is composed of youth from multiple parishes (Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Allen, and Jefferson Davis) and provides the members with the opportunity to participate in monthly shooting competitions at which the youth are taught all aspects of firearm safety and respect. We begin each meeting or field day with a review of gun safety and guidelines from the 4-H Foundation Shooting Sports Program. Skills developed through this program include responsible decision-making, teamwork, self-discipline, self-confidence and problem solving, as well as learning high standards of safety, sportsmanship and ethical behavior. The discipline and respect required from our members not only makes them more responsible gun users, but also positively affects all areas of their character development.

The Beauregard Parish Shooting Sports program currently does not have a dedicated shooting range. Fun Days have been utilizing the Dry Creek Ranch, a local gun club and Dry Creek Baptist Camp, in Dry Creek, Louisiana, for shooting events. Recognizing the growth and the positive effect of the BPSS program, the Beauregard Parish Police Jury (BPPJ) has recently offered to lease land, donate time and donate materials to develop a safe and permanent shooting range for BPSS. After talking to Police Juror Michael McLeod, BPSS submitted an official letter of request. The letter went in front of the BPPJ at their monthly meeting. Several of our members were present during the meeting on August 9, 2011, and the request was passed unanimously. (Click here to read article.)

The new facility is likely to increase participation in the shooting sports program. The availability of property, equipment, firearms and ammunition allows more interested and enrolled students to participate in this worthwhile and meaningful activity. We are currently developing the vision of the range and drawing the layout on paper in preparation for the new development. Shooting disciplines currently offered by the BPSS include Air-rifle, BB guns, archery and shotguns.

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