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4-H State Shoot provides fun as participants learn gun safety

About 200 senior 4-Hers attended the State Shoot in May, at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton, New Mexico, competing in various disciplines to develop useful life skills.

Competitors from throughout the state could choose from two disciplines, while counties are limited to two teams per discipline. Disciplines include: air rifle, archery compound, archery re-curve, hunting, muzzle loading, pistol, rifle and shotgun.

?The focus of all 4-H programs is the development of youth as individuals and as responsible and productive citizens. The National 4-H Shooting Sports Program stands out as an example. Youth learn marksmanship, the safe and responsible use of firearms, the principles of hunting and archery, and much more,? said Summer Eaton, 4-H coordinator specialist for New Mexico State University?s Cooperative Extension Service. ?The activities of the program and the support of caring adult leaders provide young people with opportunities to develop life skills, self-worth, and conservation ethics.?

The event came to a close with a 4-H dance at the National Guard Armory and an awards ceremony followed.

?Safety is always our main focus,? Eaton said. ?The State Shoot Competition is a tool we use for the 4-Hers to gain a life skill, one that is fun and useful. It wouldn?t be possible without the help from Colfax County. The instructors helped immensely.?

Results for the 2014 State Shoot can be found at http://aces.nmsu.edu/4h/4-h-shooting-sports-.html