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Acadia 4-H Shooting Sports Program

The Acadia Parish 4-H Shooting Sports Club is very excited to begin this year’s activities. An informational meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 5th beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Acadia Parish LSU AgCenter Office (157 Cherokee Drive, Crowley, LA). All guardians and members are encouraged to attend. All participants must be a member of an Acadia Parish 4-H school club or join as a Member at Large.

Joining shooting sports is as easy as it is to join online. To join this community club, you must first be enrolled as a 4-H member through 4H Online. Once the 4-H Office has approved your online 4-H enrollment, you will get an email with step-by-step instructions on how to register to join a Community Club through your 4H Online account. These clubs can be easily located under the events tab by selecting register for a new event.

Fees:Fees must be submitted at the same time with registration and will be used to purchase awards, targets, ammunition, arrows for archery, and range fees. All registration fees are non-refundable.

  • Donations-If you know someone who would be interested in making a donation, please contact the 4-H Office at 337-788-8821 or (khaydel@agcenter.lsu.edu).
  • We have a supply fee of $5 per student and each discipline assesses its own fee separately. Both fees are due by October 7th, along with paperwork. After October 7th, there will be a $10 late fee charged. Registration will only be accepted until October 20, 2023.

For more information about the Lousiana Shooting Sports Program please see last year's handbook below. The current year's handbook will be added as soon as it is available.

2024 Shooting Sports Handbook

4-H Youth shooting a bow and arrow.

Communication

All shooting sports members/parents are Required to join the shooting sports remind text. Sign up for Remind Texts

Parent Involvement

Parents must assist at all practices, so please come prepared. Parents are required to enroll as a volunteer for Acadia Parish through the online enrollment system. This is something that the state office is requiring for all shooting sports parents.

Fees

Fees must be submitted at the same time with registration and will be used to purchase awards, targets, ammunition, arrows for archery, and range fees. All registration fees are non-refundable.

  • We have a supply fee of $5 per student and each discipline assesses its own fee separately. Both fees are due by October 7th, along with paperwork. After October 7th, there will be a $10 late fee charged. Registration will only be accepted until October 20, 2023.
  • Archery (Recurve, Compound): $40
  • Rifle (.22): $25
  • Shotgun: $60 (Members will pay their own clays for monthly practice which is approximately $0.44 per clay, totaling about $66.00 per participant (Advanced shooting 150 clays)).
  • Pistol: $40

About Shooting Sports

Shooting Sports is 4-H's fastest-growing program area. The mission of the Louisiana 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.

Disciplines Offered

Disciplines offered in Acadia Parish are pistol, rifle (.22), archery, and shotgun at the following locations:

    • Archery—Rice Arena in Crowley 159 Cherokee Drive Crowley, LA 70526
    • Shotgun—Wilderness Gun Club 7 Teurlings Drive Lafayette, LA 70501
      • Shotgun participants will be required to attend at least 4 practices in order to compete at regionals in modified shotgun and for advanced shotgun members, they will be required to attend at least 2 practices.
      • Shotgun has a limited supply of ammunition for this year. Shotgun participants may need to purchase their own ammunition should we run out of our supply before the end of the year.
      • Members will pay their own clays for monthly practice which is approximately $0.44 per clay, totaling about $66.00 per participant (Advanced shooting 150 clays).
      • There will be a MANDATORY practice for FIRST time gun handlers-date TBD. Participants must be able to pass a safety test in order to participate. If they cannot handle a .20 gauge gun, they will be required to hand a .410 with the understanding that they will not be able to participate in competitions. If they cannot handle a .410 they will not be able to participate for the current year in shooting sports and a refund may be issued.
    • Rifle—Iota PD Shooting Range in Iota, Apple Rd.
      • Participants are required to bring their own eye protection to practices.
    • Pistol- Iota PD Shooting Range in Iota, Apple Rd.
      • ONLY YOUTH AGES 14-19 as of January 1st of the current year
      • Participants are required to bring their own eye protection to practices.
      • The Youth Safety Handgun Act as included in the Gun Control Act of 1968 puts restrictions on the use and possession of handguns by youth under 18 years of age. Youth participating in Louisiana 4-H Shooting Sports must, at all times, follow all provisions of this act. Therefore, event officials will require “the prior written consent of the juvenile’s parent or guardian who is not prohibited by Federal, State, or local law from possessing a firearm.” This written permission must be in possession of the youth – even if a parent/guardian is present. We suggest a simple statement, reduced to wallet size with the name of the youth, a parent’s name, address, as well as their signature, and that of a witness and dates. The participant can laminate this card and keep it with the shooting kit or on their person.
      • The pistol may be any .22 rimfire pistol, either semi-automatic or revolver
        • Barrel length, including cylinder, not more than 10 inches.
        • Open sights only. Rear sight may be adjustable, but sight radius no more than 10 inches.
        • .22 caliber rimfire – long rifle
        • Trigger pull not less than 2 pounds.
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    Hunter Education Requirements

    A copy of each youth's hunter safety card is required to be turned in with the registration. It is very important that your child receives Hunter Safety Education Training. Members who do not obtain hunter safety certification by December 31, 2023, will no longer be allowed to practice/ compete until certification is obtained.

    4-H youth shooting a gun with an instructor present.

    Practices

    In order to compete at Shooting Sports Matches, 4-H members must complete at least 8 hours of training/practice in their respective discipline. If a child is participating in more than one discipline, understand the 4-H'er must complete 8 hours of practice for each discipline. Please see the attachment below for this years practice schedule.


    Upcoming Events/Matches


    Shooting Sports Camp-December 8-10, 2023 - Grant Parish

    State Hunting Skills- February 24-25, 2024 – Grant Parish

    Southern Regional Match- March 1-10, 2024 – Ascension Parish/West Baton Rouge

    Northern Regional Match -March 15-24, 2024 – DeSoto Parish/Caddo Parish

    State Match -April 12-21, 2024 – DeSoto Parish/Caddo Parish

    National Championships -June 22-29, 2024 – Grand Island, Nebraska




    4 youth posing for shooting sports volunteers.

    Become a Shooting Sports Volunteer/Instructor

    Volunteers play a critical part in the entire 4-H Program and Shooting Sports is no different. Volunteers become positive role models for youth while teaching about environmental ethics, outdoor recreation, wildlife, and personal safety. In order to become a certified Shooting Sports Instructor, you must complete required training in the respective discipline. Contact Megan Sarver or Kayla Segura, 4-H Agents, for more information about becoming a volunteer

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