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4-H Shooting Sports Program takes aim at fourth season
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The Tennessee 4-H Shooting Sports Program in Warren County is gearing up for another season. This will be the fourth year the UT-TSU Extension Office in Warren County is offering the program to area youth, says Extension agent Emily Mote.

According to Mote, the program is focused solely on shotgun shooting and is available to young people who are in the grades 6-12. It works on improving their skills in shooting trap, sporting clays, or skeet.

Last year’s group had 15 participants, ranging from grades 6-11.

Any area student interested in joining the shooting sports program is encouraged to attend an information meeting on Zoom. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 5, at 4:45 p.m., and will touch on practice details, participation fees, and other pertinent information.

Interested youngsters and their families can receive the Zoom meeting link by emailing Mote at emote@utk.edu.

Mote says through the program, youth not only improve shotgun marksmanship but also learn STEM principles and soft skills like responsibility, self-confidence, and self-discipline. The season starts in January and concludes with a competition in May. Practices are generally once a week or once every other week.

According to Mote the youth in the program have developed a camaraderie in past years and are a “mini-family” who are known to practice with each other on their own time.

Mote says the program would be of interest to any young person who wants to become better as a shooter and be around other people who have a passion for shooting.

“We are a county that has a strong love for the outdoors, and this provides youth a safe, fun, structured environment to learn and improve marksmanship skills,” said Mote.

The UT-TSU Extension Office can be reached by telephone at 473-8484.