Youth of the community who are interested in shooting sports are being given the opportunity to learn life skills and STEM principles through the Tennessee 4-H shooting sports program.
The program is open to any student in grade 6-12 in Warren County who is interested in learning about or advancing their skills in shooting trap, skeet or sporting clays. All are welcome to participate in the program, but must become enrolled with 4-H, if not already a member.
“Being in a rural county, especially with the number of forests and fields, we have a lot of children interested in shooting sports and hunting,” says Emily Mote, the 4-H agent over Warren County’s shooting sports program.
Young people have the opportunity to learn safety and shooting techniques in the disciplines of air pistol, archery, hunting, muzzleloader, rifle and shotgun.
“The shooting sports program helps young people with their marksmanship, as well as learning firearm safety to have a better appreciation of handling and being around firearms,” says Mote.
This is the third year Warren County 4-H has had a sports program with the focus on shotgun discipline. The coach will be Warren County native James Jones, who participated in rifle competitions while growing up.
“Mr. Jones wanted to be the coach of this program in order to pass on his love for shooting sports, not only to his son, but to other youth in the county,” says Mote.
A meeting for anyone interested is this Monday, Dec. 16, in the Magnolia Room of Warren County Administrative Offices from 4:45 to 5:15 p.m. The meeting will discuss practice details, participation fees and other important information to become a part of the program. Practices begin in January.
The UT-TSU Extension offers its programs to all who are eligible regardless of age, sex, disability or veteran status. Any questions regarding the program or if interested in becoming active in 4-H, call the Extension office at 473-8484.