Evangeline 4-H Shooting Sports Program

James Fontenot  |  5/9/2011 9:27:15 PM

Jody Fontenot, archery instructor, working with 4-H’ers in the Evangeline Parish Shooting Sports Program.

Todd Fontenot, 4-H agent, assisting with BB gun workshop at shooting sports workshop in Evangeline Parish.

BB gun shooter looking over target at Evangeline Parish Shooting Sports workshop.

The Evangeline Parish 4-H Program and the LSU AgCenter sponsored two educational programs for the youth to learn safe and responsible use of firearms, archery and related equipment. The 4-H Shooting Sports Program’s purpose is to assist young people in personal development, in establishing a personal environmental ethic and in exploring life-long vocational and avocational activities through hands-on experiences and positive interactions with youth and adult role models. The Louisiana Shooting Sports Program offers educational programs in shotgun, rifle, hunting, muzzleloader and archery.


“Many youth in Evangeline Parish are involved in hunting and shooting activities at an early age, making it critical that they learn the proper use of firearms and related equipment. Through the Evangeline Parish 4-H Shooting Sports Program, youth are educated in this area and through participation they are introduced to life-skills such as decision- making, self-discipline, concentration and social responsibility. Another important aspect of the program is to strengthen families through participation in lifelong recreational activities”, according to Todd Fontenot, Associate Extension Agent with the LSU AgCenter.


The Evangeline Parish 4-H Shooting Sports Matches were held on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012 and Saturday, Feb 25, 2012 at the Chauncey Pitre Multipurpose Building. Special thanks to Mr. John McClelland, shotgun and rifle instructor, Mr. Richard Ortego, shotgun instructor, Mr. Jody Fontenot and Mrs. Glenda Fontenot, archery instructors for volunteering to conduct these educational programs for the youth of Evangeline Parish.


Winners at the Evangeline Parish Shooting Sports Match in the Jr. B.B. rifle competition: Hayden Clark of Bayou Chicot Elementary, first place; Kellie Barnes of Mamou 4-H, second place; Blake Lee of Sacred Heart 4-H, third place; Joni McClelland of Sacred Heart 4-H, fourth place; and Grace Lejeune of Sacred Heart 4-H, fifth place.

Winners in the Evangeline Parish Senior Shotgun competition: Grant Manuel and Jacob McClelland of Sacred Heart 4-H, tied for first place; Laura Manuel of Sacred Heart High 4-H and Jacob Fruge of Mamou High 4-H, tied for second place; and Kaleb Deshotel of Mamou High 4-H, third place.


Winners in the Evangeline Parish Junior Shotgun competition: Ian Attaway of Sacred Heart 4-H, first place; Adam Hampshire of Ville Platte 4-H, second place; and Connor Fontenot and Brannon Pitre, both of Sacred Heart 4-H, tied for third place.


Winners in the Evangeline Parish Archery competition: Recurve Bow Junior Division; Daniel Fontenot of Ville Platte 4-H, first place; Hayden Clark of Bayou Chicot 4-H, second place; Adam Hampshire of Ville Platte 4-H, third place; Daniel Paul of Bayou Chicot 4-H, fourth place; and Faith Buller of Sacred Heart 4-H, fifth place. Recurve Bow Senior Division first place winner was Kellie Barnes of Mamou High 4-H and second place went to Lane Hudspeth of Vidrine 4-H. Compound Bow Senior Division first place winner was John Michael Fontenot of Ville Platte 4-H. Compound Bow Junior Division first place winner was Cameron Berzas of Basile 4-H, Isiah Ardoin, a Member at Large 4-H’er, second place, Andrew Bieber of Mamou 4-H, third place; Wyatt Fontenot of Ville Platte 4-H, fourth place and Logan David of Basile 4-H, fifth place.


The Southern Region Shoot was held at the Lake Charles Gun Club and Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles on March 30–April 1, 2012. Qualifying in the Junior Modified Shotgun competition for District: Brannon Pitre and Blake Lee of Sacred Heart 4-H and Wyatt Fontenot of Ville Platte 4-H.


Placing in the Junior Modified Shotgun: Adam Hampshire of Ville Platte 4-H, fourth place and qualified for state.

Placing in the Junior Advanced Shotgun: Ross Buller of Sacred Heart 4-H, second place and qualified for state and Ian Attaway of Sacred Heart 4-H, eleventh place and qualified for state.


Placing in the Senior Modified Shotgun: Jacob Fruge of Mamou High 4-H, fifteenth place and qualified for State. Also participating in district is Laura Manuel, of Sacred Heart 4-H and Kellie Barnes of Mamou High 4-H.


Qualifying in the Senior Advanced Shotgun for District were Jacob McClelland and Grant Manuel both of Sacred Heart 4-H.


Placing in the Jr. Archery (Bare–Bow): Daniel Fontenot of Ville Platte 4-H, second place and qualified for state, Daniel Paul of Bayou Chicot 4-H, third place and qualified for state and Hayden Clark of Bayou Chicot 4-H, eighth place and qualified for state. Also participating was Grace Lejeune of Sacred Heart 4-H.


Senior Archery (Compound): John Michael Fontenot of Ville Platte 4-H, first place and qualified for state.


Qualifying in the Junior Archery (Compound) for District: Cameron Berzas of Basile 4-H, Andrew Bieber of Mamou 4-H and Isaiah Ardoin, Member at Large 4-H’er.


Senior Archery (Bare-Bow): Kellie Barnes of Mamou High 4-H, fifth place and qualified for state.


Placing in B.B. gun: Callie Pitre of Sacred Heart 4-H, twelfth place and qualified for state. Also placing third and qualifying for state was the B.B. Gun team consisting of Callie Pitre, Kellie Barnes, Jazmine Hall, both of Mamou 4-H, Hayden Clark of Bayou Chicot 4-H and Wyatt Fontenot of Ville Platte 4-H. Alternate team members are Grace Lejeune of Sacred Heart 4-H and Kevin Hall of Mamou 4-H.


The State Shooting Sports Shoot was held April 27 – 29, 2012 in Lake Charles. John Michael Fontenot of Ville Platte 4-H placed second in Senior Compound Archery.


Senior Bare Bow Archery: Kellie Barnes of Mamou High 4-H, ninth place in state competition.


Junior Bare Bow Archery: Daniel Fontenot of Ville Platte 4-H, seventh place in state.


Junior Advanced Overall Shotgun: Ross Buller of Sacred Heart, sixth place in state competition.

Junior Modified Shotgun: Adam Hampshire of Ville Platte 4-H, seventeenth place in state competition.

B.B. Gun Team placed seventh in state competition. Members are Kellie Barnes of Mamou High 4-H, Callie Pitre of Sacred Heart, Jazmine Hall of Mamou 4-H, Hayden Clark of Bayou Chicot 4-H and Wyatt Fontenot of Ville Platte 4-H.


The Evangeline Parish 4-H Shooting Sports Program is open to youth between the ages of 9 and 19 and students can join 4-H at the beginning of the school year.


For more information on the LSU AgCenter’s 4-H Outdoor Skills Program or any 4-H Youth Development Program, you can contact Mr. Todd Fontenot or Mrs. Tina Guillory at 337-363-5646.


“ It is the policy of the LSU AgCenter that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age or disability.”

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