Iowa 4-H Youth Participate in Shooting Sports State Competition

September 9, 2021, 1:09 pm | Valyn Bodensteiner, Kaycie Waters

 archery during the 2021 Iowa 4-H Shooting Sports State Competition.AMES, Iowa - Over 100 youth participated in the Iowa 4-H Shooting Sports State Competition on Saturday, Aug. 28, at the Big Springs Shooting Range in Searsboro, Iowa.

4-H members explored the sport of shooting, hunting and sportsmanship skills at the state level, which consisted of six different disciplines: air rifle, shotgun, smallbore rifle, muzzleloader, archery and wildlife.

The four top scoring individuals in each discipline will be contacted and invited to compete in the National Shooting Sports Championships in Grand Island, Nebraska, set for June 26 through July 1, 2022. Participants are only able to attend a National Invitational one time for that given discipline and can only attend one discipline a year. Results of the Iowa 4-H State Shooting Sports Competition can be found at  

“This is my fifth year in this event,” said Tayden VanPelt, archery participant and state 4-H shooting sports ambassador. “I like that I get to meet others from across the state and shoot next to the same people each year. It was a fun day of shooting and socializing.”

Sponsors for the event included Brownells and the Iowa 4-H Foundation.

“We are so appreciative of our sponsors and volunteers for helping to make this event a success every year," said Kaycie Waters, Iowa 4-H natural resources program specialist. “These sports promote the highest standards of safety, sportsmanship and ethical behavior and are taught under the guidance of caring, certified instructors.”

Like all 4-H programs, 4-H Safety and Education in Shooting Sports is focused on positive youth development and teaching life skills. With the guidance, training and supervision from adult mentors, youth who participate in 4-H shooting sports activities and events have a positive development experience as they learn about the safe and ethical use of firearms and archery equipment.

For more information on the Iowa 4-H Youth Development program, or shooting sports activities and events, please contact your Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county office or visit the Iowa 4-H website at

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Caption: Youth participate in archery during the 2021 Iowa 4-H Shooting Sports State Competition.

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