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 and Winter Postal Events - 4-H members shoot within their county programs, and scores are submitted over the course of the specific season. 

Iowa 4-H Shooting Sports State Match – 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.

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.

Interested in being a certified 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor?  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 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 Bill Beckley (

Upcoming Events

4-H Shooting Sports 2014-2015 Winter Postal Match

Click HERE to register.


Nov 1, 2014 - Mar 31, 2015

Various Counties in Iowa

Winter 2014-2015 Postal Match Rules

2015 Iowa ShootingSports Ambassador Program   Feb 1, 2015 (Application deadline); Interview
Mar 28, 2015 in Ames
  Rules and Application (2015 State 4-H Recognition Day website toward bottom of page)
State Qualifier for National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational  

April 11, 2015 (Archery) Decatur

May 9, 2015  (Shotgun, Rifle, Muzzleader) Union

Decatur and Union County

Iowa National Qualifier Registration Form

National Championship Rules

4-H Shooting Sports Leader Training Workshop

Click HERE to register

  May 1-3, 2015 Iowa 4-H Center, Madrid, IA



4-H Shooting Sports National Invitational   June 21-26, 2015 Grand Island, Nebraska Coach's Application Form
4-H Shooting Sports State Match   Sept 26, 2015 Big Springs Shooting Range near Montezuma, IA

Brownells Range Waiver,

Other information and registration available spring 2015


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