4-H shooting

Following the selection process for the 4-H state shooting teams began earlier this fall, three Texas County 4-H Shooting Sports programs have qualified for state squads. 

4-H youth from across the state selected for state shooting teams will represent Missouri at the National Invitational Match in June in Grand Island, Neb. Any 4-H Shooting Sports member who is in good standing with their county program, enrolled in the project and at least 14 years old may participate in the selection process. The four individuals with the highest scores earn the opportunity to represent Missouri. If numbers and space allow, 13-year-olds may participate for the experience, but are not eligible for the state team.

Two members of the Texas County 4-H Shooting Sports program will compete on state teams: Kaitlyn Davis of Summersville (smallbore rifle – .22) and Pierce Ford of Licking (shotgun). A third – Ty Smith of Hartville – is in the age 13 category and has been invited to practice with the air rifle team.

4-H shotgun team

Texas County 4-H Shooting Sports program member Pierce Ford, second from right, will compete at the 4-H national match next June in Nebraska as a member of Missouri’s shotgun team. 

“Having three members from Texas County 4-H representing us state wide and nationally is so exciting,” said University of Missouri Extension regional youth development specialist Janice Weddle.  “I am so proud of the youth and the shooting sports program. I am so glad people from all around get to see a representation of the talent we have in this area.  The positive outcomes of this program will be seen in our community for many years to come.” 

Anyone interested in getting involved in 4-H – as members or volunteers – can call Weddle at the MU Extension office in Houston at 417-967-4545 or email her at weddlejd@missouri.edu.

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