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Arkansas 4-H Shooting Sports Policy Guide


The Arkansas 4-H Shooting Sports Program is an educational activity of Arkansas 4-H, the youth development program of the Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service, University of Arkansas. This program has the potential of reaching new youth audiences and new volunteer adult leaders who have not participated in other 4-H programs.

The program is modeled after the National 4-H Shooting Sports Program. It encompasses the instructional disciplines of archery, rifle, pistol, shotgun, and black powder/muzzle loader. Instructor certification is offered through State and National 4-H Shooting Sports training programs.

The program is designed to:

  • Enhance self-confidence, personal development, discipline, responsibility, and sportsmanship.
  • Create an appreciation and understanding of natural resources.
  • Provide volunteer instructors safe and proper instructional techniques and methods to teach youth.
  • Give youth thorough, safe instruction and training in the use of firearms and teach conservation principles.
  • Be FUN for all participants.


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4-H Shooting Sports strives to enable young people, their parents, and adult volunteers to become responsible, self-directed, and productive members of society. The program transfers knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop human capital, using the subject matter and resources of the land-grant universities.

The specific goals and objectives of the 4-H Shooting Sports Program include, but are not limited to, those listed below:

  • Youth Development is the number one goal and objective of the 4-H Shooting Sports Program, and is achieved by utilizing the tools available through the disciplines of recreational shooting sports.
  • To enhance development of self-concept, character, personal growth, and life skills through safe, educational and socially acceptable involvement in shooting activities.
  • To teach safe and responsible handling and storage of firearms and archery equipment at home, on the shooting range, and in the field, including sound decision making, self-discipline and concentration.
  • To promote the highest standards of safety, sportsmanship and ethical behavior.
  • To encourage understanding and participation in natural resources and related natural science programs by exposing participants to the content through target shooting, hunting, and related activities.
  • To expose participants to the broad array of vocational and lifelong avocation activities related to shooting sports.
  • To strengthen families through participation in lifelong recreational activities.
  • To complement and enhance the impact of existing safety, shooting, and hunter education programs using experiential education methods and progressive development of skills and abilities.
  • To develop leadership qualities in youth and adult participants.
  • To expand the 4-H program and involve additional 4-H adult volunteers.
  • To provide 4-H adult volunteers with instructor training and certification in shooting sports, and to provide advance training in the various shooting sports disciplines.


Getting Involved

Arkansas 4-H Shooting Sports is a county-delivered 4-H Program.  To get involved, you will need to contact your County Extension Office.  The contact information for 4-H Shooting Sports can be found there. If your county does not have an active 4-H Shooting Sports Club, contact the state 4-H office at 501-671-2053.


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4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Training

Shooting sports is an activity which must be conducted with due regard for the safety of participants. Arkansas 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Training/Certification and 4-H Volunteer Leader Certification  are required of all those who want to work with youthin the program.

The Arkansas 4-H Shooting Sports Program is adding Hunting Skills to the list of 4-H Shooting Sports disciplines in which we will be training instructors. 

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Arkansas 4-H Range Events State Competition

The 4-H Range Events State Competition allows youth the opportunity to test their abilities in a variety of competitive shooting disciplines.


Safety is the first priority in the Arkansas 4-H Shooting Sports program. Our policies help ensure 4-H members and leaders stay safe. You can review our official Shooting Sports policies here.