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Washington County News Column: February 15, 2017

4-H Shooting Sports Organizing For Spring

New Pistol Club Added

Washington County 4-H has added a Pistol Club to their Shooting Sports program for the 2017 season.  To participate in the Pistol Shooting Sports Club, youth must be age 12 or older.  Space is going to be limited to just five participants at this time.  The group will meet at the Highland Range from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.  Families will be responsible for transportation to and from the range, but all equipment will be provided for participation.   Cost will be approximately $13 per child, per session.  This will cover range feeds, targets and ammo. The first session for the Pistol Club will be the last Wednesday in February.

The Archery Club will hold Saturday morning sessions this spring, continuing into the summer at the Washington County Extension Office.  In both groups youth will learn safe and responsible use of equipment, sound decision making, self- discipline and concentration, members will also be learn sportsmanship and ethical behavior. Those wishing to participate in either group should call the Washington County Extension Office at 618-327-8881 to register in advance.

Community support for the shooting sports program has been very positive. Thank you to the Elkhorn Creek Rack-a-Holics for your generous donation to the program.  Adult training for 4-H Shooting Sports volunteers will be held May 5-7.  Adult volunteers are an important part of the 4-H Shooting Sports program.  All 4-H shooting sports clubs must be led by adults who have completed the training and passed the certification test.  Registration will open in April.  If you are interested in becoming a shooting sports volunteer, please contact the Washington County Extension Office at 618-327-8881.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, contact the extension office at (618)327-8881.

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