Colorado 4-H Shooting Sports Program

Welcome to the Colorado 4-H Shooting Sports Web Site! Check here for information on 4-H leader certification opportunities, schedules of events and other information about one of the fastest growing 4-H Projects in Colorado!

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Shooting Sports Contest - State Shoot (Colorado State Fair)

State Shoot - Contest Dates:
Weekend 1: August 16 & 17
Weekend 2: August 30, 31, & September 1

CONTEST RESULTS are available for Weekend #1

We have received the rules for the 2014 national 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational:

The tentative schedule, squadding lists, and shooting information for the 2014 Shooting Sports contest are available on our Shooting Sports Contest Page.

Counties and Coaches:
Please visit the Contest Entry Packet page.

Volunteer Opportunities:
We're looking for volunteers who would like to help with event setup. To register as a volunteer, please fill out the following:

  1. Volunteer Contact Form (Please fill this out first)
  2. Volunteer Sign-Up


Counties - Apply to Become a Host Site for 2015 Leader Training Workshops


Fourth Annual Statewide Fundraising Raffle

Colorado’s 4-H Shooting Sports program is holding its Fourth Annual statewide fundraising raffle to help local and county shooting sports clubs defray the cost of equipment, ammunition, targets, instructor training, travel and contest expenses. All 4-H Shooting Sports participants benefit from the proceeds of this fundraising opportunity. Thousands in prizes will be given away! Tickets will be sold by 4-H members. Drawing will be held September 1st. As in years past 50% of the sales goes to the club/county that sells the tickets Attached is a poster for this year’s Raffle.


Metropolitan Wildlife Association - 24th Annual Youth Trap Shoot

Saturday October 4, 2014 - Colorado Clays
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2014 Colorado National Invitational Shoot Teams

The 2014 Colorado National Invitational Shoot Teams list has been posted and is now available!

3rd Annual Shooting Sports Raffle

This year's 4H Shooting Sports Raffle was a huge success over 19,000 dollars raised for Colorado's 4-H Shooting Sports Program. Yuma County led the way by selling over 3,000 dollars worth of tickets. Several clubs had over 1500 dollars of sales. Thanks to all to participated!

Youth Spotlight Article

Please take a moment to check out the Youth Spotlight article by Luke Hull, which originally printed in the fall 2013 issue of the Hunter & Shooting Sports Education Journal. In this article, Luke talks about his love for hunting and how it was made possible through the 4-H hunter education and training that he went through as a youth.

Article courtesy of Hunter & Shooting Sports Education Journal.

STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

The understanding of science and scientific principles is extremely important to the education of today's youth! A well rounded education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) is critical for youth as they enter college and workforce settings. 4-H uses its projects and programs to help youth understand just how important an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics is to advancing our society's competiveness in a global market place.

What happens to a bullet fired on the moon?

Colorado 4-H Shooting Sports STEM ConnectionsFirst, we know that the bullet has the same initial velocity on the moon as it does on the Earth - that is, it exits the gun at the same speed. But as soon as it leaves the gun, it's a different story. First, the moon bullet doesn't have to contend with air resistance - with so little friction, it can maintain its speed longer than the Earth bullet can (it's analogous to shooting a hockey puck across ice, which has very little friction, and shooting a puck across sand, which has a lot of friction. The puck will travel a lot farther on the ice!)

Now, there is the issue of gravity. Assuming your bullet doesn't hit anything (a pretty safe bet on the moon, but don't try this on Earth!) and forgetting about air resistance, the time it takes for the bullet to fall to the ground depends on its initial velocity, the angle at which you shoot it, and the force of gravity.

There are several formulas to calculate how long it would take for the moon's gravity to bring a bullet to the ground (and we may visit them in a later 4-H Shooting Sports Science Blast!). The simple answer is... Neglecting air resistance, the bullet will go about 6 times farther on the moon than on Earth!

You might also ask, if the bullet were fired straight up, could it actually escape the moon's gravitational pull and fly off into space? To answer this, we have to compare the moon's "escape velocity" (the minimum velocity (speed) an object needs to escape the moon's gravity) to the bullet's initial velocity. The moon's escape velocity is about 2.38 km/s (about 5300 miles per hour), but a bullet typically travels at only 1 km/s (about 2200 miles per hour). So take cover - even in this case, what goes up must come down!

Something to think about!!