FOREST CITY | The 4-H Winnebago County Sharp Shooters sent seven youth to state competition at Big Springs Range south of Grinnell this year. Forest City resident Colby Krutsigner took fourth place in Trap and Jordan Ostrander from Buffalo Center took fourth place in the traditional archery competition.

The 4-H Shooting Sports Programs provide a positive experience for youth while promoting the safe and ethical use of firearms. Youth meet every other week at Winnebago County Florence Shooting Range during the summer to “sharpen their skills” at both archery and trap shooting.

Tip Taylor and Gus Marmaras are our current range instructors. Volunteer leaders must become “certified instructors” before assisting in the program and are required at all practices.

Youth are invited to bring their own equipment, which must be inspected for safety, but the Club provides both bows and shot guns for them to use at practice. Youth participating on the Sharp Shooters Club almost doubled this year. Youth in fourth grade and older are invited to participate in Shooting Sports. The program is free to youth new to 4-H and those with experience in 4-H pay only $15 annually.

The group has had the support of Pheasants Forever in assisting with their annual fundraiser. Club members parked cars on the Pheasants Forever lot during Forest City Tree Town Music Festival and raised over $1,200 in 2017. Funds are used to pay for Club costs including ammo, arrows, targets, state entry fees and repairs. Members also hope to raise additional funds to purchase a trailer for hauling targets and gear.

For questions or to donate to Shooting Sports, contact Lauren Helgeson, Youth Coordinator, at Winnebago County Extension 641-584-2261.