Cornell Cooperative Extension Announces Dates For Youth Shooting Sports Program

MEXICO, NY – Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County is accepting registrations into its Shooting Sports Program.

This program is open to all girls and boys ages 12 to 19 who are interested in archery, rifle and air pistol.

Shooting Sports participants wait for the signal to commence fire.
Shooting Sports participants wait for the signal to commence fire.

The program will be conducted as a five-week course concluding with a field day.

Each discipline meets once a week at an Oswego County sportsman club. Archery will be held on Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., at Deerslayers Bowmen Association on Route 104 in southwest Oswego.

Rifle will be held on Tuesdays, 6 – 8 p.m. at North Sportsmans Club in West Monroe.

And the last discipline, air pistol, will be held on Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. at Leatherstocking Fish and Game Club in Scriba on State Route 104.

Youth do not need to have previous experience or own firearms to participate in this hands-on learning experience. The Oswego County 4-H Program and its instructors, certified through the New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Program, will provide all firearms and necessary equipment.

The instructors are volunteers who are chosen for their ability to teach and their skill at relating to youth.

The 4-H Shooting Sports’ courses will meet a minimum of five times beginning the first week in May and end with a field day in early June.

A program fee of $30 will be charged to cover the cost of materials and eye and ear protection.

Partial scholarships are available through a donation from the Oswego County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs.

There is a maximum class size of eight.

Therefore, registration is necessary and parental or guardian permission is mandatory.

The 4-H Shooting Sports Program is valuable for helping youth develop self-confidence, personal discipline, responsibility, teamwork, self-esteem and sportsmanship. The program also provides a positive experience for youth and promotes firearm safety.

Please note the Oswego County Shooting Sports program is not a hunter safety education program.

If you are interested in the Oswego County Shooting Sports Program, please contact the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County 4-H Program for more details and enrollment forms, 315-963-7286 or email at [email protected]

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