Shooting Sports Activities and Events

Shooting Sports Activities and Events

The Iowa 4-H Shooting Sports Program provides activities at all levels throughout the state to meet our overall goal to “empower youth to reach their full potential working and learning in partnership with a caring adult through a shooting sports related activity.”  4-H members participate in their county or regional programs to develop as shooters and individuals and get the opportunity to participate on a larger scale as they become more proficient.  Currently, many counties and regions collaborate to offer fun shoots and competition for these individuals.  Contact your county Extension office for further details. 

Summer Postal Match 2016 for months May, June, July, August and September ends September 30th. Scores for at least three months must be submitted to the Leader (see RULES).  For a complete list of registered participants open Registered List link.

4-H Youth State Match was held August 27, 2016 at Brownell's Big Springs Range near Montezuma.  There were 134 registered 4-Hers from 31 Counties that participated in 215 Divisions that included Air Rifle, Archery, Rifle, Shotgun Trap and Muzzleloader. Weather was great for this fun day of competition.  Final Scores.


SESS YOUTH CAMP Sept. 23-25, 2016. 4-H Safety and Education in Shooting Sports, Iowa 4-H Center, Madrid, IA. $150 early registration (deadline 9/1/2016), $175 registration (deadline 9/15/2016) Registration is open to youth entering 4th through 8th grade 2016-2017 school year and who are enrolled in 4-H. $100 credit toward any youth from military families. At camp youth will have opportunity to explore the SESS program by trying new skills, meeting new friends and making connections with County Shooting Sports Clubs. Hunter Safety training will be provided. Opportunities to develop skills in Archery, Air Rifle, Shotgun-Trap, Muzzleloader and Wildlife will be provided. Register Online: . Information flyer.

4-H Shooting Sports Instructor – Sept. 16-18. Each year the Iowa 4-H Shooting Sports Program sponsors a certification program for volunteers who wish to become involved or start a shooting sports club in their county. Topics covered during the training range from safe shooting practices and youth development principles to hands-on instruction and actual shooting activities. Instruction comes from our nationally certified instructors who are fellow 4-H shooting sports instructors in Iowa. These trainings have received tremendous reviews, and we encourage you to attend! The next SESS Leaders Training is Sept. 16-18 at the Iowa 4H Center, Madrid. Lodging and meals are included in registration fee. Registration fee is $225, $200 for SESS Leaders returning for second discipline and arriving Saturday morning. Register online at

Summer and Winter Postal Events - 4-H members shoot within their county programs, and scores are submitted over the course of the specific season. The Summer Postal Match is May, June, July, August and September. Registration has closed.

Iowa 4-H Shooting Sports National Invitational Team qualification - Team members participate at the National 4-H Shooting sports Invitational held annually at various locations across the country, providing our youth with a high interest in competition and giving them an opportunity to develop other valuable life skills while competing at the highest level.

The calendar below lists details of these events as they become available.  If counties sponsor SESS events that are open to youth in other counties and want these events included in the calendar, send the information to Patty Gibler (

Upcoming Events

4-H Shooting Sports Youth 2016 Summer Postal Match.


May 1, 2016 - September 30, 2016

Various Counties in Iowa

Rules for Summer Postal

SESS Fall Instructors Training

  September 16-18, 2016 4-H Center, Madrid


Additional Information

SESS Youth Camp   September 23-25, 2016 4-H Center, Madrid

Register Online:

Information packet.


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