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The 4-H Shooting Sports program develops safe shooting habits in youth ages 8-19. Students practice under the guidance of certified instructors and coaches who have received over 15 hours of training in the areas of safety, techniques, coaching and youth development.

2018 Season Preparations

While the 2017 season has ended, preparation has already began for the 2018 season. Two coaches’ certification trainings were held this fall with two more scheduled. Trainings previously held were in Winner and Webster. There are additional trainings coming up on December 9 in Mitchell. Please contact your local 4-H office for sign up information on these trainings.

Annual Coaches Meeting
The annual coaches meeting was held on December 2, 2017 at the Methodist Church in Pierre, SD. Coaches broke into disciplines to discuss rules and any possible changes.

Important Dates

  • Spring Shoot: April 27-29, 2018 @ Ft. Pierre, SD
  • Fall Shoot: September 8-9, 2018 @ Mitchell, SD

2018 4-H Shooting Sports Hunting Team

For senior 4-H shooting sports competitors, participating in the 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships is a crowning achievement. Thus far, the hunting discipline has not been offered by South Dakota 4-H. In an effort to expand the awareness of this discipline, South Dakota 4-H will field a hunting team at the 2018 national competition.

Discipline Areas
Team members will compete in three discipline areas (archery, rifle, and shotgun) along with knowledge and skill challenges. There will also be animal identification and orientation challenges as well as decision-making tests.

Team Selection
Hunting team selection will be done through an application process. The State 4-H office will select six prospects to prepare for the national competition. We will have several practice sessions throughout the winter, and the top-four prospects will be added to the national hunting team.

Applications for the 2018 team have closed for the season. We will notify the selected participants by December 1, 2017 and schedule practice opportunities after that. Participants should plan to attend at least three practices from December-May.


Visit the 2017 State 4-H Shooting Sports page for complete results from the 2017 season. Check back regularly for updates and results from the 2018 State 4-H Shooting Sports season!

State Match Records
State records are recorded each year at the annual South Dakota 4-H Shooting Sports State Shoot. Visit State 4-H Shooting Sports: State Match Records to view the most-recent list of state record holders.


  • BB Gun: NRA BB Gun Rules
  • Air Rifle: National Standard Three-Position Air Rifle Rules (11th Edition)
    • Beginner and Junior shooters may have coaching on the line.
  • Air Pistol: South Dakota 4-H Shooting Sports Air Pistol Rules (2015 Edition)
    • Seniors may use two hands for silhouettes and rapid fire.
  • 22 Rifle: ISSF & USA Shooting 3 Position Rifle Rules (2013 Edition)
    • Using the 50 meter rules.
    • Shooting order will be: Prone, Standing, Kneeling.
  • CMP: CMP Games Rifle and Pistol Competition Rules (5th Edition)
    • Sections 2.5 and 3 apply to 4-H rimfire sporter classes.
    • The main body of rules starts in Section 8.
  • Archery: Archery Rules (2014 Edition)
  • Trap, Skeet and Sporting Clays Rules (2014 Edition)
  • Muzzleloading Rulebook (2014 Edition)
  • 22 Pistol: NRA Pistol Rules (2016 Edition)
    • For all events, junior shooters may use two hands, while senior shooters may only use one.
    • Scopes are allowed for ALL 22 pistol events at state.
    • All events are single pistol matches, meaning participants are to shoot the entire course of fire, with the same pistol.
    • No pistol changes will be allowed between stages, and only one pistol per shooter is allowed on the line. Pistols may be replaced only if they are disabled or malfunctioning.
    • All smallbore pistols are required to use an OBI (open bolt indicator) — also called a CBI (Clear Barrel Indicator) or similar — when the handgun is uncased and not being fired. Cased pistols will be the last equipment to be brought to the range and the first to be removed from it.
    • For the Bullseye event, the competition consists of 30 record shots on an NRA B-8 target at 25 yards. Any revolver using a .22 caliber rim-fire cartridge is allowed if its barrel length, including cylinder, of not more than 10 inches. The trigger pull may not be less than 2 pounds. Any sights, including telescopic, are permitted with the exception of those sights that project an image on the target. Open sights may be adjustable but not over 10 inches apart measured from the apex of the rear sight to the apex of the front sight. Any sighting device programmed to activate the firing mechanism is prohibited. All standard safety features of the gun must operate properly.
    • For the modified Camp Perry Round, the competition consists of 30 record shots, with 10 each of slow fire, timed-fire and rapid-fire on an NRA B-8 target at 25 yards. For slow fire the time limit is 5 minutes for a 10 shot string, for timed-fire the time limit is 20 seconds per 5-shot string, and for rapid-fire it is 10 seconds per 5-shot string. The pistol may be any .22 rimfire pistol, either semi-automatic or revolver. It may have orthopedic or specially-shaped grips. The pistol must have a trigger pull of at least two (2) pounds. Because of time constraints during the state match, sight requirements for Bullseye are followed. For national competition, sights are restricted to open sights (service pistol rules) with adjustable rear sights. South Dakota 4-H adheres to the NRA Pistol Rulebook for all other questions.

Qualifying Matches

State Qualifying Scores


Division Beginner Junior Senior
CWOS 70 70 70
CWS 85 85 85
CWS-R 110 110 110
RWOS 60 60 60
RWS 70 70 70
Open Compound 135 135 135
Recurve Open 100 100 100



Division Beginner Junior Senior
BB Gun 250 300 325
Air Pistol 100 100 110
Air Rifle 110 150 175
.22 Rifle N/A 100 150
.22 Pistol N/A 50 50
Shotgun 10/25 13/25 15/25
Muzzleloading N/A Score 50 on 50-yd. bullseye target. Score 50 on 50-yd. bullseye target.


Course of Fire

  • BB Gun: All divisions shoot from four positions (prone, standing, kneeling, sitting) using a 10-bull target. (AR4/10) Orion targets will be used at State.
  • Air Rifle: All divisions shoot from three positions (prone, standing, kneeling) using a 10-bull target. (AR5/10) Orion targets will be used at State.
  • 22 Rifle: Both divisions shoot from three positions (prone, standing, kneeling) using an A-17 10-bull target, OR shoot from three positions (prone, standing, choice of sitting or kneeling) using the CMP single bull target slow fire only for 300 points.
  • Air Pistol: Junior shooters may sit or stand, using one or two hands to hold the pistol. Seniors must stand, and use one hand to hold the pistol. All divisions have five shots per target on four targets or one 4-bull target (maximum score is 200). Orion targets will be used at State.
  • 22 Pistol: Holds are the same as Air Pistol. All divisions have 10 shots per target on three targets (timed, rapid and bullseye) using a B-8 one bull target. or the B-3 indoor target (designed for 50 ft range).
  • Archery: All divisions shoot 30 arrows. Beginners shoot from 10 yards, Juniors from 15 yards and Seniors from 20 yards. All archers may shoot from CWS, CWS-R, CWOS, CWOS-R, RWS, RWOS, Open-R or Open. Beginners and Juniors may have a maximum draw weight of 45 pounds. Senior draw weight is 60 pounds. No markings of any kind are allowed in the w/out sight shooting. Open class shooters may use any equipment they desire.
  • Shotgun: All divisions shoot 25 clay targets. If a perfect (25/25) score is achieved, the youth shoots until they miss. The total targets shot without a miss will be the tiebreaking score.
  • Muzzleloading: All divisions shoot 10 shots from standing position, using the NMLA 50 yard target.


First, second and third place awards will be given as long as the individuals have accumulated a state qualifying score. Awards through 5th place will be offered if there are enough participants to warrant it. Team certificates will be offered with a ratio of one placing for every five teams entered.

Past Results

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