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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2015 YHEC Horsethief Canyon Challenge

March 21 & 22, 2015
Horsethief Canyon State Wildlife Area - Fruita, CO

Come test your knowledge or learn new skills: Wildlife Identification, Orienteering (map and compass reading), Outdoor Safety Knowledge, Decision Making, Ethics, Rifle, Archery, Muzzleloader, and Shotgun challenges.
» View the flyer for more information
» View the Shooter Information Packet & Registration Form

If you wish to have an event posted, contact Darrin Goodman at


Farewell Message from Jim Hamilton

Colorado 4-H Shooting Sports and Natural Resources Program Coordinator Jim Hamilton is retiring on December 31, 2014. Read Jim's message of farewell to the Shooting Sports community.

2014 winners of the Colorado 4-H Shooting Sports Annual Raffle!

Harriet Menning - one of several raffle winners Chelsea Lewis, the outgoing Otero County 4-H Council President presents Harriet Menning the Sculpture. The presentation was made at the Oetro county Awards Banquet. We would like to thank Bill Benet for making the Shooting Sports Raffle a success again this year.

The 2014 4H Shooting Sports Raffle raised over $19,500 dollars for Colorado’s 4-H Shooting Sports Program. Special thanks go out to our Sponsors. CZ America, Rocky Mountain Shooters Supply of Ft. Collins, and The Binet Company LLC. Read more about the raffle and raffle winners here. Thanks to everyone who participated!


2015 Shooting Sports Leader Training Workshops

Adult and Teen 4-H Leaders: Registration for the 2014 Shooting Sports Winter/Spring Workshop series is available online. Please visit our Workshops page for more information about workshops and online registration.

Note: if you are not currently a 4-H Volunteer Leader and you wish to register for a workshop, you must complete the Colorado 4-H Volunteer Application Process well in advance of workshop registration so please contact your county Extension office to get this process started right away - please don't wait until the last minute.


Shooting Sports Contest - State Shoot (Colorado State Fair)

We would like to thank all of our State Team Members, Coaches, Volunteers, Parents & Members who made the two weekends of the Shooting Sports State Fair contests possible. We couldn't have done it without you and we can't wait to see you again next year!

CONTEST RESULTS are available here for Weekends 1 & 2

Ambassadors at the State Shoot
Colorado’s 2014 State 4-H ambassadors taking a break at State Shoot

Rules for the 2014 national 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational:


4H Mountaineers 4-H Club Receives Donation

La Plata County Guaholotes and the 4H Mountaineers have an excellent working relationship. The Mountaineers have helped the NWTF chapter with the Heritage Banquet, Jake's Day, WITO shoot and chapter raffles for the past 10 years. It's with great pleasure that the La Plata County Guaholotes presents a donation in the amount of $2,027.00 to the La Plata County 4H Mountaineers.

2014 Colorado National Invitational Shoot Teams

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

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!!