Bossier Parish Shooting Sports Program

Mary Crnkovic  |  6/26/2012 1:52:00 AM

The Bossier Parish 4-H Shooting Sports Program encompasses the initiative goals of volunteer leadership, capacity building for youth and families, and the environmental stewardship with commitments from the Louisiana State University AgCenter. The 4-H Shooting Sports Program is an active program that is attractive to both youth and adults. The program uses positive learning and interaction with youth and adult role models. The disciplines are modeled after the National 4-H Shooting Sports Program and are administered by nationally certified-state leaders consisting of extension personnel and volunteers.

The 4-H Shooting Sports Program is an activity for everyone – girls, boys, young, old, urban and rural. Participation in the program is not limited by skill or physical abilities and is open to any youth ages 9-19 regardless of where they attend school. It is a fun, action-oriented program.

Mission Statement: The mission of the Bossier Parish 4-H Shooting Sports Program is to assist youth in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills, and forming attitudes so that they may become self-directing, productive, and contributing members of society.

The program is designed to:

    1. Assist youth to learn safe and responsible use of shooting equipment;
    2. Promote the highest standards of safety, sportsmanship and ethical behavior;
    3. Enhance self-confidence, self-concept, decision making, character, personal development, responsibility, and sportsmanship;
    4. Develop leadership and citizenship within 4-H parameters for youth and adults;
    5. Expand 4-H membership and involve more volunteer adult leaders;
    6. To strengthen families through participation in life-long recreational activities;
    7. Create an appreciation and understanding of natural resources;
    8. To encourage participation in natural resources and related natural science programs by exposing participants to the content through hunting/fishing and related activities.
    9. To develop an understanding of the principles of wildlife management;
    10. To complement and enhance the impact of existing safety, shooting and hunter educational programs in accordance with Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

The program relies on state 4-H certified/trained instructors to conduct classes in the various disciplines (archery, .22 rifle, BB gun, shotgun, muzzle loading and hunting/outdoor skills).

The program requires 4-H certified instructors to adhere to the safety rules and regulations as dictated by the program to decrease the probability of accidents and injuries as well as enhance the educational experience.

Participation Eligibility

4-H membership is required for participation within the Shooting Sports Program. Youth that are current members within their school and/or community are eligible for participation. If membership is not current, youth may join 4-H through the Shooting Sports Program by completion of a membership form and submission of dues.

Youth, 4-H ages 9-19, may participate in local 4-H Shooting Sports events. Educational and practical sessions will be scheduled for each discipline. A minimum of 6 hours of training and successful completion of basic skills, per coaches' requirements, in chosen discipline is required for eligibility for advancement in any 4-H shooting sports competition.

Upon successful completion of a discipline program, youth may elect to compete at the Parish, Regional and State levels.

Regional and State competition eligibility will consist of:

  1. Successful completion of parish requirements
  2. Completion of Hunter Safety Course (youth 10 years old or older)

By state requirements, youth who have passed their 10th birthday on or before January 1 of the current year and MUST have completed a certified Hunter Education Course in order to compete at the Regional and State levels.

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