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4-H Shooting Sports Program

The Tennessee 4-H Shooting Sports Program is a volunteer-led program that teaches life skills and STEM principles through shooting sports. Youth learn safety and shooting techniques in the disciplines of air pistol, archery, hunting, muzzleloader, rifle and shotgun. This program is affiliated with National 4-H Shooting Sports. Contact your County Extension Office for more information on joining 4-H, and the opportunities in your county. 

To understand more about 4-H Shooting Sports, click here to check out this presentation from the National 4-H Shooting Sports Committee.


Volunteer Instructors

Be a Certified 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor. "4-H Certified" means that you are versed in the areas of youth development AND shooting sports. If you want to lead a group of young people in the 4-H Shooting Sports Program, you must become certified through a Tennessee 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Certification Workshop. Click here to see a job description.

The schedule for the 2020 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Certification Workshops are:

Date Location Registration
​January 24-25, 2020 ​Ridley 4-H Center, Columbia ​Check Back for Form
​August 7-8, 2020
York 4-H Center, Crossville
Check Back for Form


Click Here for the Tennessee 4-H Shooting Sports Official Guidelines

Click Here for the State 4-H Competitions Website

The schedule for 4-H competitions are below:
​Event ​Date ​Location
4-H Air Rifle, Air Pistol, and BB Jamboree - Air Rifle and Air Pistol qualifying for the State 4-H Invitational in October 2020 and BB qualifying for the Daisy National in summer 2020 ​TBD
4-H Archery Jamboree - Archery qualifying for the State 4-H Invitational in October 2020 ​April 24-25, 2020 Tennessee Tech University Hyder-Burks Agrcultural Pavilion, Cookeville
4-H Shotgun Jamboree - Shotgun qualifying for the State 4-H Invitational in October 2020 ​May 2, 2020
Nashville Gun Club, Nashville, TN
National 4-H Shooting Sports Championships ​June 21 - 26, 2020
​Grand Island, Nebraska
State 4-H Invitational - this will be a qualifying competition for the 2020 National 4-H Championships. Qualifying for this event will take place at the jamborees in Spring 2019.
​October 12, 2019 Ridley 4-H Center (Air Rifle and Archery) and Maury County Gun Club (Shotgun),Columbia, TN

For rules and more information, see the 4-H Competitions website.



4-H Target Smart Camp

4-H Target Smart Camp is a program of Tennessee 4-H Shooting Sports. It is for youth who are enrolled in grades 5-9 as of the date of the camp. This resident camp is located at the W.P. Ridley 4-H Center in Columbia, Tennessee. At camp youth learn appropriate skills to succeed in a variety of shooting sports and related areas such as archery, riflery, shotgun use, muzzleloading, and outdoor skills. Programs emphasize safety, correct form, and responsible use. Campers should receive prior training before attending this camp.

Dates - October 3-6, 2019
Location - W.P. Ridley 4-H Center, Columbia, TN
Cost - $275.00

* Transportation is the responsibility of individual participants.
Download a camp brochure.


Other Links

Annual County 4-H Shooting Sports Reporting Forms

4-H Shooting Sports Bulletin Board

Tennessee 4-H Shooting Sports Official Guidelines

2018 State 4-H Invitational Winners

2019 Tennessee National 4-H Shooting Sports Championships Delegation