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NMSU 4-H shooting sports leader training draws record participation

New Mexico State University's 2014 4-H shooting sports leader certification training will be held in Deming, N.M., Feb. 21-23 at the Luna County Fairgrounds.

Each year, different certification trainings are held throughout the state by national trainers, certifying 4-H leaders to safely instruct youth in the use of firearms. The 4-H program serves youth across New Mexico through NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service, which has offices in every county in the state.

Leaders, who have been screened first through their county, will begin specialized training in rifle, pistol, shotgun, archery, muzzle loading or hunting areas.

Trainees will get the opportunity to cross train, attaining a hands-on approach for effective and fun learning.

"This year we had 95 people sign up, making it the largest training we've had in the state," said Summer Eaton, 4-H coordinator specialist. "Every year it keeps growing."

4-H is in need of volunteers to become national trainers to fill the growing demand for training workshops.

With increased funding, the 4-H program will be able to add more dates for training workshops, instead of only one training workshop each year.

For more information on the shooting sports leader certification training, visit http://aces.nmsu.edu/4h/4-h-shooting-sports-.html