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.
2017 4-H Shooting Sports Wrap-Up
The 2017 4-H shooting sports season ended on September 9, 2017, at the conclusion of the 2017 Fall Shoot. I would like to start by thanking the many volunteers who helped to make this a successful season for the 4-H Youth that participated in the Shooting Sports program. The volunteers donated countless hours to teach safety, coach youth, fill out paperwork, set up ranges, take down ranges, clean up buildings and lead their county programs. The shooting sports volunteers are the backbone of the program.
By the Numbers
This season has seen two state competitions and seven teams participate at nationals. Below are some of the numbers for the season.
- 4387 youth are enrolled in the Shooting Sports Project (47% of those enrolled in SD 4-H are in the SS project area)
- Spring Shoot (Rifle, Pistol and Archery): 2,652 Entries
- Spring Shoot: 1632 Youth representing 55 Counties
- Fall Shoot (Shotgun and Muzzleloading): 408 entries
- Fall Shoot: 209 Youth representing 22 Counties
- 27 Youth and 7 coaches participating at Nationals June 26-30th in Grand Island, NE
The State training team expanded as five people attended Level 2 training for the SD 4-H Shooting Sports program. These volunteers went through a week of training in Raton, N.M., have come back, and used the information to train new coaches. One of the areas that saw additional growth due to the training was muzzleloading. The state competition for muzzleloading grew from six participants in 2016 to sixteen participants this year.
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 October 14 in Belle Fourche and on December 9 in Mitchell. Please contact your local 4-H office for sign up information on these trainings.
Annual Coaches Meeting: December 2, 2017
The annual coaches meeting will be on December 2, 2017 at the Methodist Church in Pierre, SD. The annual meeting will start at 1:00 pm. Coaches will break into disciplines to discuss rules and any possible changes. At 3:00 pm, the disciplines will come together and vote on proposed changes. All coaches are encouraged to attend.
- Annual Meeting: December 2, 2017 @ Pierre, SD
- 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.
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.
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 are open to senior 4-H members involved in the shooting sports program. The application is available online and is due at the State 4-H Office by November 13, 2017. 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.
State Qualifying Scores
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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.