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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 4-H Shooting Sports Wrap-Up

The 2018 4-H Shooting Sports season ended on September 9, 2018, at the conclusion of the 2018 Fall Shoot. We would like to start by thanking the numerous volunteers who helped to make this a successful season for the 4-H youth that participated in the Shooting Sports program. The Shooting Sports volunteers are the backbone of the program. They donate countless hours instilling safety practices, coaching techniques, filling out paperwork, setting up and taking down ranges, cleaning up buildings and leading their county programs.

By The Numbers

This season has seen two state competitions and nine teams participate at nationals. Below are some of the numbers for the season.

  • 4665 youth are enrolled in the Shooting Sports Project (49% of those enrolled in SD 4-H are in the SS project area)
  • Spring Shoot (Rifle, Pistol and Archery): 2,799 Entries
  • Spring Shoot: 1579
  • Fall Shoot (Shotgun and Muzzleloading): 417 entries
  • Fall Shoot: 205 Youth
  • 35 Youth and 9 coaches participating at Nationals 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 Madrid IA, have come back, and used the information to train new coaches.

Annual Meeting

Register online to attend the shooting sports annual meeting December 8, 2018 at the Ramkota Hotel in Pierre, SD.


  • 10:00am (CST) – 11:00 am – Registration
  • 11:00 – 12:30 – Discipline Meetings
  • 12:30 – 1:00 – Lunch
  • 1:00 – 5:00pm – Annual Meeting

2019 Shooting Sports Hunting Team Application

Apply to be on the 2019 4-H Shooting Sports hunting team. This team will represent South Dakota 4-H Shooting Sports at the 2019 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships in Grand Island, NE June 23-28, 2019

State Results

Fall Shoot

Spring Shoot

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.

National Results

The following individuals represented South Dakota at the 2018 4-H National Shooting Sports Championships. We would like to thank Trip coordinator Dawn Foiles, for her time and effort to coordinate this opportunity. Click on the images below to view a high-resolution photo of each team. Photos courtesy of Dawn Foiles and Baylee Gerber.

Air Rifle & Pistol Team
Air Rifle & Pistol Team Members
Front Left-Right: Evan Ohlrogge (Sanborn), Rose Smith (Lawrence), Dean Laverack (Bennett), Audrey Kneen (Coach), Cloe Swanson (Minnehaha), Arthur Kneen (Coach), Cassandra Ryckman (Hughes), Darby Knoll (Charles Mix). Back Left-Right: Cole Swanson (Minnehaha), Tomlyn Toy (Spink).

Recurve Archery Team

Left-Right: Jacob Birkeland (Jones), Keith Hespe (Coach), Elle Harris (Tripp), Lydia Anderson (Minnehaha).

Shotgun Team

Left-Right: Emma Singer (Lawrence), Jacob Kriz (Douglas), Chris Gerber (Coach), Elijah Everette (Gregory), Aiken Crowley (Lawrence).

Compound Archery Team

Left-Right: Hailey Johnson (Bon Homme), Hannah Bartos (Bon Homme), Carter Trefz (Faulk), Wade McClanahan (Tripp), Coach Scott Perry (Coach).

22 Pistol Team

Left-Right: Samuel Byrne (Bennett), Luke Hennebold (Tripp), Parker Baker (Tripp), Hunter Laverack (Bennett),  Brian Fatherlos (Coach).

22 Rifle Team

Left-Right: Tane Pravecek (Tripp), Savanna Bloom (Day), Alexa Hannahs (Gregory), Spencer Schulte (Brookings), Tim Pravecek (Coach).

Hunting Team

Left-Right: Alexandria Anderson (Hamlin), Shannon Weller (Gregory), Katelin Deneke (Jerauld), Emily Foiles (Clark).

Muzzleloading Team

Back Left-Right: Emily Nold (Brookings), Erick Schulte (Coach), Curt Spilde (Deuel). Front Left-Right: Stran Kruse (Deuel), Luke Christensen (Union).

Qualifying Matches

State Qualifying Scores


Division Beginner Junior Senior
CWOS 70 70 70
CWOS-R 80 80 80
CWS 85 85 85
CWS-R 110 110 110
RWOS 60 60 60
RWS 70 70 70
Compound Open 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 for Matches

  • 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: In Matches, 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 reported as the match score and will be the tiebreaking score.
  • Muzzleloading: All divisions shoot 10 shots from standing position, using the NMLA 50 yard target.


First, second, third, fourth and fifth place awards will be awarded as long as the individuals have accumulated a state qualifying score. Team certificates will be awarded with a ratio of one placing for every five teams entered.


  • 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 (2018 Edition)
  • Trap, Skeet and Sporting Clays Rules (2014 Edition)
  • Muzzle Loading: National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association Rules & Regulations (2017 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.

Shooting Sports Hall of Fame

2016 Inductees

  • Don Guthmiller (Hamlin County)
  • Marlin Davis (Faulk County)
  • Jerry Opbroek (Davison County)

2015 Inductees

  • Kenneth Nelson (Brookings County)
  • Bob Fillingsness, Jr (Lincoln County)
  • Dennis Hardy (Lincoln County)
  • Dan Jones (Stanley County)
  • Michelle Scarborough Julian (Hughes County)
  • Marlin Scarborough (Hughes County)
  • Bill Shattuck (Hughes County)

Past Results

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