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4-H... More than cows, pigs, and chickens! Texas 4-H Natural Resources is the home of projects and programs such as shooting sports, sportfishing, WHEP, wildlife, and more outdoor and natural resources related activities and events!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Fall Offerings for 4-H Shooting Sports Coach Training

With the beginning of the new 4-H year comes new training opportunities to add coach positions to growing 4-H Shooting Sports projects across Texas.  Several opportunities are available in a variety of areas in the state.  Be sure to get those new volunteers enrolled as soon as possible to avoid a delay in registering for a training.  The background check that accompanies all enrollment takes at least 2 weeks to process.  Be proactive and plan ahead.

For the list of 4-H Shooting Sports Coach Trainings this fall, click HERE
More will be offered in the winter and spring of the year.  A full list can be found on the Quick Reference Schedule of Events/Trainings/Activities located on the 4-H Shooting Sports webpage, by clicking HERE and scrolling down to '4-H Member Resources'.

4-H Shooting Sports Project Coach Training and Certification

The 4-H Shooting Sports Project encompasses a large percentage of the 4-H membership in Texas and is the only project that requires each volunteer coach to be trained and certified in specific shooting disciplines before working with local 4-H youth.  The shooting disciplines covered in 4-H are archery, pistol, rifle, shotgun, muzzleloading, and hunting.  Several hundred volunteers are trained each year.  September and the new 4-H year open the coach training season.  Many questions arise each year concerning 4-H Shooting Sports Coach Certification and the trainings themselves.  The following are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
  •  All 4-H Shooting Sports local projects must have at least one 4-H trained and certified coach in each of the disciplines offered in that project.
  • Adults must first be enrolled on 4-H Connect as 'Volunteers' which requires a background check that takes at least two weeks to process so do this well in advance of a desired training registration.
  • Only one discipline certification is available per training attended.  However, coaches may attend multiple trainings and be certified in multiple disciplines.
  • A certified coach must be present on the range during all firearm handling and live fire.
  • A certified coach must be 21 years of age or older.
  • No other certifications or professional training will substitute for 4-H training and certification.
  • Any 4-H member or volunteer 14-20 years of age may attend the training and receive an Assistant Coach certification.
  •  All scheduled trainings are open to enrolled 4-H volunteers and eligible members regardless of where in the state they live.
For more details on this certification, click HERE.

Practice Contest for 4-H Wildlife Project Contests

A Practice Contest will be held November 18 in Menard, Texas to help train youth and adults in how to compete in the various wildlife contests offered the 4-H Wildlife Project.  The practice contest/training will cover the following contests, 4-H WHEP Contest, 4-H Wildlife Challenge, and the wildlife contests held at the State Fair and the Houston and Fort Worth livestock shows.
Participants will be introduced to various resources for each contest and guided on how to use them.
Registration for this event will be on 4-H Connect.  For more information, click HERE.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Navarro County 4-H Shotgun Team Shootout

Navarro County 4-H is hosting the 1st Annual 4-H Shotgun Team Shootout on November 18, 2017.  The event will take place at the Caney Creek Lodge in Teague, Texas.  Events will include 4-H Sporting Clays, Whiz Bang, and an open shoot for adults.  Registration is currently open on iClays, iclays.com.  For complete information, click HERE.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Texas Team Takes 2nd Place at 2017 National WHEP Invitational

The Texas 4-H team which represented us at the 2017 National WHEP Invitational in Georgia last week won the honor of 2nd Place overall.  WHEP (an acronym for Wildlife Habitat Education Project) is a wildlife project in 4-H teaching youth about wildlife habitat management.

 This Cooke County team earned the position of representing Texas by winning the 1st Place Senior Team at this year's Texas 4-H WHEP Contest.  Congratulations to the team consisting of Cassandra Faddis, Anna Raabe, Clara Raabe, and Kristen Samek.  Congratulations as well to Mrs. Susan Raabe, the Cooke County 4-H WHEP Coach and long time adult leader in this project.

 Opening Ceremonies
 Competition Day
2nd Place Team Overall

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo Expands Shooting Sports Opportunities

Join the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo as they expand their shooting sports event beyond the Shotgun Junior Shoot-Out. This year, San Angelo is adding an Archery Tournament to their list of events. Event details below:

  • August 4&5, 2017
  • Optional Whiz Bang on Friday "Under the Lights"
  • Saturday: Whiz Bang, Sporting Clays (100), and Parent Sporting
  • ***Discount for participating in all three youth events***
  • July 31st registration deadline on iclays.com
Archery *NEW*
  • August 5, 2017
  • Mod-600 round and 30 target 3D round
  • Adult fun shoot of 30 target 3D round
  • 15 HOA Belt Buckles
  • Prize Packages through 5th place
  •  July 28th registration deadline on iclays.com
Click HERE for more information. 

2017 State WHEP and Wildlife Challenge Results

Below you will find the result links to the 2017 State WHEP contest that was held at McClellan Creek National Grassland in Gray County and the 2017 Texas 4-H Roundup Wildlife Challenge.

Congratulations to all participants!

2017 State WHEP Results

2017 Texas 4-H Roundup Wildlife Challenge Results

Monday, July 17, 2017

2017 Outdoor Challenge Update and Results

Since this events conception in 2009, it has grown into a 132 participant weekend, filled with outdoor education, skills, and challenges. On June 16th of 2017, Texas 4-H members arrived in Seguin, Texas to participate in the Outdoor Challenge. Each participant competed in ten events as a member of a two-person team. Teams were divided into age division and team type: Co-Ed, Male, or Female. Events were conducted throughout the weekend, which included Kayaking, Shotgun, Fishing, Archery, Biking, Climbing, Biologist Skills, Safety, Outdoor Skills, and Gear Judging. Each event was scored out of 20 points and every team was able to drop their lowest scoring event. The high placing team of the Outdoor Challenge was a Co-Ed Intermediate team from Grimes and Montgomery County with a score of 164.5 out of a possible 180.  

Even though this event involves competition, participants from the across the state were able to gather and share a love for the outdoors. This event is meant to showcase many outdoor and wildlife project areas that are offered through Texas 4-H. The hope is that students will be pushed to learn something new while preparing for the Outdoor Challenge, and then go home after the event looking for ways to become more involved. 

Below you will find the link to the Outdoor Education & Living Skills page, where you can learn more about this event, and see the 2017 Results page off the contest tab.

Congratulations to all participants! We hope to see you next year.

*Photos provided by Regina Sugg

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

4-H Shooting Sports Ambassador Application Open

The application is open on 4-H Connect for 4-H members interested in becoming Texas 4-H Shooting Sports Ambassadors.  This is open to 4-H members going into the 9th - 12th grades this September and who have been members of a county 4-H Shooting Sports project coached by a certified 4-H Coach during this current 4-H year.  Applications will remain open June 6th - July 6th.  Applicants will be notified of selection shortly after registration closes.

Details on Basic Requirements and Expectations for Ambassador applicants can be found by clicking HERE to open the information document.

Last Week for 4-H Shotgun Camp Registration

This is the last week for registration to the 4-H Shotgun Camp.  Registration will close on Sunday, June 11th.  Space is still available for limited positions.  This camp will be held June 25-28, 2017 in Brazos/Burleson County.

Click HERE for additional details.  Please pass this information along to those who may have interest.