Youth Shooting Sports Program Has Openings

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

Youth take aim during last year’s Archery program.
Youth take aim during last year’s Archery program.

This program is open to all girls and boys ages 12 to 19 who are interested in archery, rifle or a Shooting Sports Sampler.

The program will be conducted as a six-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 beginning May 3, 6-8 p.m., at Deerslayers Bowmen Association on Route 104 in southwest Oswego.

Rifle will also be held on Tuesdays beginning May 3, 6-8 p.m., at North Sportsmans Club in West Monroe.

A Shooting Sports Sampler, covering shot gun, muzzleloading and air pistol will be held on Wednesdays beginning April 27 from 6-8 p.m. for five weeks at Leatherstocking Fish and Game Club in New Haven 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 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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