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. 

Corning Gun Club 4-H Trap Shoot -- August 21.   Warm up practice shoot.  See Flyer for details. 

SESS State MatchAugust 27th.  Annual event that is open to all 4-H Shooting Sports members in Iowa to compete in the disciplines within the program.  Included in these events are communication and exhibit options that allow 4-H members to reach across other project areas to enrich their shooting sports experience. The 2016 Iowa State Match will be Saturday, August 27th at Big Springs Range near Montezuma. This event is to include those 4-Hers who were members and participated in their respective counties during the 2015-2016 4-H year. Youth must be 9 years of age or older to compete in riflery or archery and 12 years of age or older to compete in shotgun and muzzleloader. All shotgun shooters must have shot a minimum of 50 targets on a regulation trap range. Registration is $25 per event, $10 for second event. $35 for shotgun division. Register on-line at  Information packet.   Information flyer.

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, $220 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 - August 31, 2016

Various Counties in Iowa

Rules for Summer Postal

Corning Gun Club Trap Shoot

  August 21 Corning, IA Flyer with Information

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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