What is 4-H Shooting Sports?

4-H Shooting Sports Logo We build lifelong skills for 4-H members through the National 4-H Shooting Sports curriculum and activities that enable youth to reach their full potential as capable, caring, and contributing citizens. Our program is taught by state and nationally certified 4-H Shooting Sports instructors and include nine program disciplines: Archery, Crossbow, Hunting & Wildlife, Living History, Muzzleloading, Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, and Western Heritage. We also offer specialized Shooting Sports Educational Summer camps for kids of all ages.

The county Shooting Sports projects available for 2024 include:

  • #750 Rifle
  • #751 Archery (this is a different project from 631 Basic Archery)
  • #752 Shotgun
  • #753 Pistol
  • #754 Hunting Wildlife
  • #755 Muzzleloader
  • #757 Crossbow

We are unable to offer the following projects for 2024 as we have no certified instructors in these disciplines:

  • #756 Living History
  • #758 Western Heritage

The overall goal of the Ohio 4-H Shooting Sports program is to provide a safe and educational experience to 4-H members through volunteer leaders. Two of the important components of safety are instruction and supervision. We feel that the certification of 4-H Shooting Sports instructors at state-sponsored workshops is an important means to provide a standard of instruction and supervision in the program. State sponsored workshops teach volunteers about shooting sports and the developmental abilities and maturity of 4-H youth.

All instructors have completed the county and state approval process as a 4-H volunteer and attended a State 4-H Shooting Sports Leader (Instructor) Training Weekend Workshop.

shooting sports informational clinic

Shooting Sports will be offering an informational clinic at the Beginner Clinics and QA Extravaganza on Sunday, February 18, 2024 at 2:00 PM. If you are curious or would like to learn more about this program, you'll want to attend this session! Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Youth enrolling in #630 Safe Use of Guns or #631 Basic Archery do not need to attend as these are separate from the Shooting Sports program and considered Miscellaneous projects in Tuscarawas County.

Enrolling in Shooting Sports

Youth can enroll through their current club. Books are to be ordered through your club advisor. There is no longer a specific Shooting Sports club in the county; however, members will be required to attend a certain number of organized shoots.

Organized Shoot Dates

2024 Dates TBA.

All shoots will be held at Ball & Arrow Primitive Weapons Club from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (unless otherwise noted). Questions about any of the dates/times can be directed to Joe Martin, Shooting Sports Coordinator/Instructor at 330-340-7314; George Jones, Coordinator/Instructor at 740-229-0882; or Betty Martin, Shooting Sports Key Leader at 330-340-1610.

Project Guidelines

The guidelines for all Shooting Sports can be found here.


Please contact our county Shooting Sports Coordinator/Instructor, Joe Martin at 330-340-7314 with any questions/concerns you may have about the Shooting Sports program in Tuscarawas County.

For general 4-H questions/concerns, or for more information on the #630 Safe Use of Guns or #631 Basic Archery projects, please contact us.

Shooting Sports Camps

More information about the camps can be found here: Ohio 4-H Shooting Education Camps.


For questions regarding State Shooting Sports programs and events, such as Instructor Workshops and 4-H Shooting Sports camp, contact:

Tracy Winters
Ohio 4-H Shooting Sports & Natural Resources Educator
Phone: 740-794-6004

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