FC 4-H Shooting Sports sign-up begins Jan. 3

by Sean Dunlap

Franklin County’s 4-H Shooting Sports Club is making plans for its 2022 competition season and is actively seeking participation from area youth.

“The goal of the 4-H Shooting Sports program is youth development,” Agent Keith Whitehead of the Mississippi State University Extension Service’s Franklin County office said.  

“Through participation in firearm safety training and shooting sports activities, young men and women are given the opportunity to learn life skills such as responsibility, sportsmanship, self-discipline and other qualities critical to the development of productive citizens.”

FC’s 4-H Shooting Sports Club membership is open to local young people between the ages of 8 and 18.

By 4-H rules, potential participants must be at least 8 years old prior to Jan. 1, 2022, to participate.
Disciplines slated to be offered in 2022 will include: Archery, pellet rifle, pellet pistol, BB, .22 rifle, .22 pistol and shotgun.
Participants can take part in one to three disciplines and are required to complete eight hours of instruction for each discipline to qualify for the Southwest District 4-H Shooting Sports competition.
The club plans to begin entering youth for membership on Monday, Jan. 3.

Entry packets along with additional program information will be available at the Extension Service office located at 20 Walnut Street in Meadville.

The deadline for submitting completed entry forms, health forms and parental consent-code of conduct forms is Friday, Jan. 21.
In addition, qualified adult instructors are also needed in all Shooting Sports disciplines.

Background checks are required for registered 4-H volunteers, and instructors must complete a training course to qualify to teach each discipline offered through the program.

For additional information on becoming a program participant or instructor, contact Whitehead by calling 601-384-2349.