GRAND ISLAND, Neb. – Twenty Iowa 4-H’ers participated in the 2009 National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational in June. Overall, more than 500 4-H shooting sports members from 30 states competed in the weeklong event.
The youth competed in a variety of events within their respective disciplines of small bore rifle, air rifle, compound archery, muzzleloader, shotgun and wildlife/hunting skills, said Bryan Whaley, an Iowa State University Extension 4-H youth field specialist and project coordinator for the Iowa 4-H Safety and Education in Shooting Sports program.
“These young people qualified for the Grand Island invitational by competing against other senior members within the Iowa 4-H shooting sports program in a statewide event held at Big Springs Range near Montezuma, Iowa,” Whaley said.
“The Iowa youth did a terrific job throughout the national event, competing against some of the best shooters across the United States. Many of them set personal bests. We are extremely proud of their efforts and the efforts of the coaches who spent time working with them prior to this event,” Whaley said.
The Iowa 4-H Safety and Education in Shooting Sports program is the fastest growing project area in the state 4-H program. Over the last five years, shooting sports has enrolled more than 1,350 4-H members and 400 certified instructors.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension and Nebraska 4-H shooting sports volunteers ran the national invitational. A complete listing of results can be found on the National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational Web site at http://shootingsports.unl.edu/results.html.
The Iowa 4-H Shooting Sports National Invitational Team is sponsored by the Iowa-based company Brownells Inc. Brownells is the world’s largest supplier of firearm accessories and gunsmithing tools.
“We greatly appreciate all the support Brownells, the Brownells family and many others within their company have given the 4-H shooting sports program over the past three years. Their support has allowed us to really grow this project area throughout the state,” Whaley said.
“4-H shooting sports offers more than an opportunity to improve your skills as a safe shooter. Many of these 4-H’ers will have unique exhibits that demonstrate their learning on display in the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair,” he added.
To learn more about the Iowa shooting sports program, see www.extension.iastate.edu/4H/SESS/shootingsports.html.
Iowa Participants in the 2009 National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational
Air rifle: Ashley Mitchell and Roger McGinley, coach, Madison County
Smallbore rifle: Tyler Laubenthal and Kris Laubenthal, coach, Kossuth County; Levi Smith, Jasper County; and Eric Osborn, Poweshiek County
Muzzleloader: Marcus Samson and Mark Samson, coach, Jasper County; Adam King, Worth County; Vincent Nuccio, Washington County; and Scott Kelley, Kossuth County
Compound archery: Matthew Hanson and Dalton Larson, Montgomery County; Katie Geisenger, Story County; and Bryan Whaley, coach, Humboldt County
Recurve archery: Dustin Keninger and Al Keninger, coach, Jasper County; and Zach McCarthy, Montgomery County
Shotgun: Logan Carlson, Adams County; Bradley Heinrich, Grundy County; Jason Linton, Landon Kelsey, and Al King, coach, Plymouth County
Wildlife/hunting skills: Aaron Hill, Isaac Hill and Eric Hill, coach, Kossuth County; and Ryan Mueller, Worth County
Muzzleloader: Marcus Samson, eighth place, bulls eyes
Smallbore rifle: Tyler Laubenthal, eighth place, silhouettes
Compound archery: Matthew Hanson, fourth place, 3-D targets
Wildlife/hunting skills: fifth place team overall, entire week competition; fifth place team, wildlife identification; fifth place team overall, hunting and decision-making skills; fourth place team, map skills; Ryan Mueller, 10th place, wildlife identification, sixth place, map skills, ninth place overall for week’s events
Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0775, firstname.lastname@example.org