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Training the Next Generation of Shooting Sports Enthusiasts

MARION, Ill.— Illinois 4-H is seeking adult volunteers to train local youth interested in learning about shooting sports.  More than 3,600 4-H members participate in one of the five 4-H shooting sports disciplines, and projects teach the responsible and safe handling of firearms.  

The program relies heavily on adult volunteers who are willing to lead in the shooting disciplines and management of the local county programs. To be a certified volunteer, one must complete the National 4-H Shooting Sports training. 

The southern region will host the first of three state-wide field days on Saturday, March 28, at the Tombstone Gun Range and Training Center in Marion, IL. Local Extension offices can assist with the cost of the certification training, which includes a nine-hour field day and three hours of online training. Shooting sports discipline options include archery, coordinator, pistol, rifle, shotgun, and hunting/wildlife.

Those interested in participating in the field day must contact their local Extension office to register and ensure they have completed the 4-H volunteer screening process.  For more information, visit:

For Further Information:

News Source: Curt Sinclair, U of I Extension Shooting Sports Specialist, 217-300-9488

News Writer: Heather Willis, Marketing & Communications Program Coordinator, 618-357-2126