County 4-H shooter qualifies for state shotgun squad

Texas County 4-H Shooting Sports member Travis Hutson recently qualified for the Missouri 4-H 2017 State Shotgun Team that will compete at the National Shoot June 25-30 in Grand Island, Neb. Team members include 4-H shooters from five counties. From left, Garrett Smith (Dent County), Garret Donoho – alternate (Livingston County), coach Parish Witt (Greene County), Rebecca Sparks (Knox County), Hutson and Connor Wilson (Lewis County). According to Sarah Foster, 4-H environmental and natural resource state specialist with the University of Missouri Extension, the selection process for the nine state shooting teams (compound archery, recurve archery, shotgun, air pistol, air rifle, small-bore rifle, small-bore pistol, hunting skills and muzzle loading) begins in the fall, after the completion of the Missouri 4-H State Shoot. Any 4-H Shooting Sports member who is in good standing with their county program, enrolled in the appropriate project number and is at least 14 years old may participate in the selection process. There were four shotgun try-outs held for the 2017 state team, each including 50 targets in trap, skeet and sporting clays. To be eligible for the team, a participant must have competed in at least three of the four try outs. If a participant competed in all four, then the lowest score of each event was dropped. The top five shooters with the highest overall scores make up the 2017 State Shotgun Team.

Hutson, 18, is a Cabool High School graduate and is currently a student in the lineman program at State Technical College of Missouri in Linn. He is the son of Slade and Melinda Hutson of Cabool.

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