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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!

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Texas 4-H Indoor Archery Match

The 2019 Texas 4-H Indoor Archery Match is coming up! Don't forget that registration closes on March 3rd. As usual, LoneStar Event Apparel will be selling t-shirts and hoodies with the 2019 logo. There are several color and style options to choose from. LoneStar Event Apparel will be onsite at the Graham, Bay City, and Carrizo Springs matches selling merchandise. However, they will not be present at the Pampa and Ft. Stockton matches. If you are interested in purchasing apparel from LoneStar Event Apparel, orders can be processed by email, text, or phone call. Credit cards are accepted. In order to have the shirt before the event, all orders must be placed prior to March 12. Orders will be accepted after March 12, However, they will be delivered after the event. Please see the following linked PDF document for more information if you are interested in placing an order! Click HERE for the order form.

New Resources Posted on the 4-H Wildlife & Fisheries Webpage

Two new resources have been added to the 4-H Wildlife and Fisheries webpage (https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/projects/wildlife-fisheries/).  These resources may be useful to any 4-H member, leader, or county Extension agent working on a wildlife or hunting project.  Go to the webpage to check out these and other resources.  Stay tuned as additional resources are scheduled to come out soon and will also be added to the webpage.

Educator's Resource Guide to Texas Mammal Skulls and Skins - color photographs and explanations of the characteristics of 32 mammals found in Texas displaying skulls and skins from various aspects to explain all details

Repairing 3-D Decoys for Hunter Education - detailed instructions and color photographs on how to refurbish heavily used and broken 3-D decoys and targets used in hunter education identification and archery practice

Thursday, February 21, 2019

2019 State Contest for the 4-H Wildlife Habitat Education Project (WHEP)

The 2019 State Contest for the 4-H Wildlife Habitat Education Project, or WHEP, will be held May 4th - 5th at the Kerr Wildlife Management Area in Kerr County operated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.  The contest is open to any current Texas 4-H member and will have each of the age divisions; Junior, Intermediate, and Senior.  More contest details and the Rules and Procedures document can be found on the 4-H Wildlife & Fisheries webpage.  CLICK HERE.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

REMINDER - Upcoming Events

With Spring around the corner we know it's a busy time of year. We don't want you to miss out on upcoming Texas 4-H Shooting Sports Events, so check out the following list of reminders!
Shooting Sports Coaches Trainings:
  • District 10
    • Date: March 9-10
    • Location: Guadalupe Extension Office (Seguin, TX)
    • Contact Person: D-10 4-H Specialist Megan Logan
    • Disciplines Offered: archery, muzzleloading, pistol, rifle, shotgun
    • Register via 4-H Connect - February 11 - 25, 2019
    • Cost - $120 includes meals and course materials
    • All volunteers must go through volunteer screening and be an active volunteer before registering for the event.
Texas State 4-H Indoor Archery Match - Registration is NOW OPEN!
Registration via 4-H Connect will be available until March 3, 2019.
The Indoor Archery Match will be held in five locations to accommodate 4-H archers across the state. Archers may shoot at any location but must chose only one and will complete for placings among all archers in all locations. A link to the contest handbook can be found here. This handbook includes all details and information pertaining to the match.
Carrizo Springs: March 29 - 30
Bay City: March 21 - 23
Fort Stockton: March 22 - 23
Graham: March 15 - 16
Pampa: March 22 - 23
35th Annual Texas 4-H Shooting Sports Extravaganza - Registration is NOW OPEN!
The Texas 4-H Shooting Sports Extravaganza celebrates 35 years this April! Extravaganza is a beginner's match and learning event. Rules are adjusted to accommodate this being a beginner's match. These rules are for Extravaganza only. Rules for any other specific match do not apply at this event. Registration via 4-H Connect will be available February 11 - March 31. Registration details can be found here. Match handbook can be found here.
    • Event Details:
    • When: April 13, 2019
    • Where: Texas 4-H Conference Center on Lake Brownwood
    • How Much? $28 registration fee through 4-H Connect. $40 LATE registration fee.
Texas 4-H Shooting Sports Postal Leagues - Registration is NOW OPEN!
Originally named “Postal Leagues” because the targets were mailed in for scoring via the U.S. Postal Service, Postal Leagues are a state-wide competitive shooting match in which participants can compete with others across the state without having to travel outside their home county.

Events include:  3-P Smallbore Rifle, Air Pistol, Archery, BB Gun, Light Rifle, Precision Air Rifle, Sporter Air Rifle, Smallbore Pistol, Muzzleloading Rifle, Muzzleloading Pistol, Trap, and Skeet. Participants may compete in as many events as their county/club will allow. All shooting must be supervised by a 4-H Shooting Sports Coach certified in the appropriate shooting discipline (Archery, Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun, Muzzleloading).

Important dates to remember:
  • October 1, 2018 - March 28, 2019: Complete Events
  • February 1 - March 28, 2019: Official Registration/Payment AND Score Submission
Postal League details/rules/registration information can be found here.

Friday, February 8, 2019

2019 4-H Shooting Sports Texas Team

The 2019 Texas Team
This year will mark the 20th anniversary of the National 4-H Shooting Sports Championships. Originally held in San Antonio, Texas in 2000, the event has travelled throughout parts of Texas and into other states. Nebraska has hosted this event eight times since its start in 2000. This June, shooting sports teams from across the country will gather in Grand Island, Nebraska to compete for the 5' tall trophy and become the National Champs!

Last weekend each of Texas' nine discipline teams gathered at the 4-H Center in Brownwood for their "Rendezvous." The Texas Team is comprised of 45 4-Hers, including alternates, representing 26 counties in the state. The team came together to meet their fellow teammates, practice for their events, and go over logistics for Nationals. We are so proud and excited to have these 4-Hers represent the Texas 4-H Shooting Sports program this summer. Special thanks to all the parents and coaches!
A list of the 2019 Team members can be found here.

Celebrating 20 years of 4-H Shooting Sports Nationals
If you were among the first "Texas Team" members to participate at Nationals, we want to know! If you have any "throwback Thursday" pictures from the first few years of Nationals, we would love to see them! Contact our office or let us know on Facebook if you were a Texas Team member!

Stay Connected:
Check us out on Facebook (@tx4hnaturalresources)! We use our Facebook page to post majority of our updates and announcements on all things Shooting Sports/4-H Natural Resources so be sure to "like" and follow us! You can also visit our webpage for information on all of our events and programs.