Sports and Outdoors

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

4-H gun and rifle safety club to begin

From the 4-H extension office:

Teaching safety skills is the main goal of the 4-H BB Gun and Rifle Safety Club. The club will once again offer its series of meetings beginning with sign-up night, Tuesday, January 24, 6:30-8 p.m., at the Wells County Community Center, 4-H Park, Bluffton. Meetings will continue each Tuesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., until the Awards Night, April 3rd.

Youth in grades 3, 4 and 5 can participate in BB Gun. Youth in Grade 6 and above can participate in Rifle. First time members who are old enough for Rifle will be required to pass a shooting skills proficiency which reviews the positions and range safety procedures.

Youth may become 4-H members when they enter third grade and may continue their membership through the completion of Grade 12. Each individual may continue membership for a maximum of 10 consecutive years.

Members are not allowed to bring their own equipment. Advanced registration is not required. Sign up will be at the first meeting. All participants must have a completed and signed health form before participating in the hands-on activity.

A membership fee of $20 should be paid at registration time. This fee is only paid once each year. Youth in more than one 4-H club only pay the one time. There is a fee cap of $60 per family.

The supply fee for BB gun will be $10 and $15 for rifle. This includes a book for new members, ammunition, gun repairs, gun cleaning supplies, targets and member awards. If you have more than one youth in BB Gun or Rifle, the second member supply will be $5.

Scholarships are available for membership and supply fees. No youth will be turned away due to financial reasons. Check with 4-H Leaders or Extension Office for details.

Youth may also enroll in the Shooting Sports Fair Exhibit Option. Members may make a poster or a notebook about some aspect of shooting sports or may exhibit something they have made. Examples might include: Poster or Notebook; Firearm Safety; Cross a Fence with a Gun; Eye Dominance; Muzzleloading; Target Trap; Archery Safety; Types of Arrows; Buying a Bow; Shooting Vests; Hunter Ed; Tree Stand Safety; Percussion or Flintlock; Hunting Wild Turkeys; Handmade Items – Gun Rack; Ammo Box, etc.

The 4-H Shot Gun Safety Club, 4-H Pellet Pistol Safety Club; and the 4-H Archery Club will all begin in April.

For more information about 4-H, contact the Wells County Office of the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service, 260-824-6412 or one of the Shooting Sports Leaders: Don Kiefer, 260-824-1585; Chad Captain, 260-417-6488; Tex Mauger, 260-824-0266; Gregg Palmer, 260-701-2975; and Kevin Springer, 260-565-3323.

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