4-H Shooting Sports continues to grow in county

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Samantha Jeffries, Special Writer

 4-H shooting sports began in Kentucky in 1988 largely due to the effects of Dr. Joe Kurth of UK.  There are presently 7,000 kids in Kentucky that participate in 4-H shooting sports.

We have expanded to a two-day state tournament shooting Archery, Black powder, Rifle and Pistol on Saturday and Shotgun on Sunday.  Last year we had 1,000 participants- not all shooters choose to compete.

Bullitt County shooting sports began in 1993 with just a rifle team.  Today we shoot Archery on Monday nights at Chickasaw Archery Club from 6-8:30 p.m. On Wednesday nights we shoot .22 rifle and black powder at the ROTC range on Beech Grove Road from 6-8 p.m. Finally, on Thursdays we shoot Trap/Shotgun at Jefferson Gun Club in Brooks.  All coaches go through training by nationally certified instructors, several hold credentials from other organizations: National Rifle Association, National Muzzle Loading Rifle association, National Field Archery Association, etc. and not only teach 4-H but are regular instructors for BSA and Hunter education as well.

The 4-h shooting sports program in Bullitt County is open to all youth 9-18 years. We have equipment for all disciplines so that kids can try the equipment before mom and dad have to buy it. 

Cost are kept to a minimum ranging from $1-5/week plus $1/year for insurance.

For several years Bullitt County 4-H shooting sports have sponsored the Bullitt County Invitational, currently held at the Jefferson Gun Range in Brooks. Roughly 100 shooters from all over the state visit for the day of shooting fun and camaraderie.  This year’s tournament is July 24.

For additional information contact one of the following: Joe Johnston 299-5931; Al Decker 543-4025; Bullitt County Cooperative Extension Service 502- 543-2257.