MARION, Ill.— Williamson County 4-H Shooting Sports received a $1,000 gift from Whitetails Unlimited in support of the program. Shooting Sports is a SPIN (special interest) club that meets regularly to learn about and practice shooting sports. The program teaches youth archery (ages 8-18), .22 rifle (ages 10-18), air rifle (ages 8-10) and shotgun (ages 10-18). The shooting sports coordinator is Donald Elliott. Additional instructors for the program include Phil Odel, Don Koster, Eric Castle, Michael Grey, Bob Burgess and Phil Lindberg. Through 4-H Shooting Sports, youth learn marksmanship, the safe and responsible use of firearms, the principles of hunting and archery and much more. The activities of the program and the support of caring adult leaders provide young people with opportunities to develop life skills, self-worth and conservation ethics. The club is thankful for the support of Whitetails Unlimited for this generous gift. To learn more about Shooting Sports or to become a member of 4-H, please contact the Williamson County University of Illinois Extension office at (618) 993-3304.

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News source: Esther Waddy, 618-993-3304, ewaddy@illinois.edu

News writer: Heather Willis, 618-357-2126, hdwillis@illinois.edu