The Florida 4-H Shooting Sports Program offers young people a variety of entry points into wildlife conservation and outdoor knowledge and skills. The 4-H Hunting and Wildlife discipline is one of several projects offered through the shooting sports program. Others include Archery; Muzzle Loading; Rifle; and Shotgun. The Hunting and Wildlife discipline is lead by a certified instructor and is a program to help young people develop personal confidence, discipline, responsibility, teamwork, self-esteem, and sportsmanship as they become ethical hunters and self-sufficient outdoors men and women.
The Florida 4-H Shooting Sports, Hunting, and Wildlife program uses the National 4-H Hunting and Wildlife and the NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge curriculum to achieve the following goals:
• Teach Safe, Responsible Use of Firearms and Archery Equipment – (including sound decision-making, self-discipline, and concentration)
• Learn the History of Hunting – (why we hunt; hunting ethics; hunting laws and regulations; hunter and landowner relations; wildlife management and the hunter; and careers in hunting)
• Understand Wildlife and Wildlife Management – (concepts of natural resources from the hunter’s perspective)
• Develop the Participant’s Character – (self-concept, sportsmanship, and personal growth through involvement in a safe and educational shooting activity)
• Strengthen Families – (through life-long outdoor shooting sports recreational activities)
• Support Existing Safety and Hunter Education Programs
Program participants benefit from the 4-H Hunting and Wildlife discipline through a practical, accessible curriculum that embeds awareness, knowledge, and expertise in all young persons’ thought processes and behaviors; the Hunting and Wildlife discipline activities may include simulated hunting conditions to provide the best practical environment for reinforcing a young hunter’s skills.
Areas of Study
• Hunter Responsibility – Tests knowledge of hunter safety, ethics, responsibility and laws
• Hunter Safety Trail – Demonstrate knowledge of safe hunting practices in various hunting situations
• Orienteering – Show how to navigate a course utilizing a map and compass
• Outdoor Skills – Demonstrate knowledge in how to survive outdoors if becoming lost
• Wildlife Identification – Identify tracks, hides, feathers, and signs of North American wildlife
• .22 Rifle – Utilize a .22 rifle to shoot at action-type or life-size game targets
• Shotgun – Demonstrate shotgun shooting skills with games of trap, skeet and sporting clays
• Muzzle Loader – Use a muzzle loading rifle with open sights to shoot like the pioneers
• Archery – Walk through a course with life size animal or field targets
All live-fire shooting activities are lead by a 4-H certified shooting sports instructor, with special 4-H certification in the particular discipline. For example, if a Hunting and Wildlife group is learning about the shotgun discipline, with live-fire exercises on the range, a 4-H certified shooting sports instructor with a shotgun certification is the individual running the range and overseeing all live-fire exercises.
As with every 4-H project the primary goals of the program are positive youth development and the reinforcement of life skills. Youth enjoy this multidisciplinary approach that is challenging, fun and interesting. Many have reported that they are leaning toward careers that would keep them involved with wildlife science or conservation, which is another positive aspect of the program. If you would like more information about this program, contact your local county extension 4-H Agent.
Florida 4-H Shooting Sports, as well as Brevard County 4-H is very grateful for the support it receives from the National Rifle Association and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and other sponsors. Of course none of this could be done without the help of our dedicated volunteers.
Related Story: 4-H, FWC and the NRA Partner Together for YHEC
- Florida 4-H Shooting Sports Program
- The National 4-H Shooting Sports Program
- The National 4-H Shooting Sports Championship
March 29, 2022
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November 9, 2020
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November 9, 2020
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June 28, 2020
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May 13, 2020
Thanks and you're welcome! - gus
May 13, 2020
Thanks for your comments! There are so many math and physics principles practiced and demonstrated in archery! If an instructor can remember to point them out while the kids are on the range, he or she can really reinforce what is taught in the classroom. All the instructor has to do, is find the appropriate teachable moment and take advantage of it. gus
May 8, 2020
This is a great use of math an angles to help improve your archery shooting range. When teaching a beginner having them line up a 90 degree angle will be helpful for them to take the same stance each time. Thank you
May 6, 2020
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April 30, 2020
Thanks for your comments! I feel the same way. - gus
April 30, 2020
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March 26, 2020
Hey Steven! Thanks for your comment. I suggest you get into hunting with a multi-tiered approach, making sure you are comfortable in the woods, you know the laws and regulations of what you plan on hunting, and starting small - with small game that is. Hunting, which includes dispatching small game takes the same skills as hunting large game but with less input and intensity. If you can successfully bag your first raccoon (for example) and process it all the way to the table, you'll be well on your way to hunting larger game as you gain experience. If you haven't taken it, or done it lately, enroll in your local Hunter Safety class by your state game division. They can help. Go out into the woods and scout around. Go to the range and perfect your skills. All these things will not only prepare you for hunting, but will help you decide IF and how you want to go ahead. I hope that helps! - gus
March 25, 2020
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July 8, 2019
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March 5, 2019
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March 5, 2019
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March 4, 2019
This is a great article Bonnie. Thank you very much for taking the time to visit the courses and talk to the superintendents. I am sure that you were pleased with the knowledge and effort they use daily to be stewards of the environment. Many are BMP Certified but we need more to get this certification and implement new programs to make the best agronomic and environmental decisions on a daily basis.
February 18, 2019
The counties currently involved in the FL Horseshoe Crab Watch Program are Franklin, Taylor, Dixie, Levy, Hernando, Pinellas, Manatee, Martin, Indian River, Brevard, Volusia, and Nassau. There are some counties that will be incorporated in the future including those in Southwest Florida (and Collier county). Here on the East Coast of Florida we see horseshoe crabs nesting between December-May depending on where you are. On the Gulf Coast of Florida they see them nesting in the spring and fall (Feb-May and Aug-Oct). It's unknown what the nesting time is in southwest Florida. If you ever do see horseshoe crabs please report them to the FWC Wildlife Hotline for horseshoe crabs at this link: https://myfwc.com/research/saltwater/crustaceans/horseshoe-crabs/ (click on Report Your Nesting Horseshoe Crab Sighting). You can also download the free FWC Reporter App and report sightings through your mobile device (https://myfwc.com/news/all-news/sighting-app/).
February 17, 2019
Is any yagging being done in Collier County? When is the best timr of yr to watch for mating crabs? Several yrs ago I was doing daily searches at Tigertail beach/lagoon. Found a good number that I sexed, measured etc. Never knrw where to send tbe data. Any contact person for this area?
December 3, 2018
Thanks Michael. I've put you down on my list and will be in touch once training dates are set.
December 3, 2018
Thanks Ivan. I've put you down on my list and will be in touch once training dates are set.
November 29, 2018
Hi Erin, unfortunately I do not have another one planned. I will keep your email address and let you know if we have another one.
November 29, 2018
Hi Cynthia, this class was in August. I don't have another one planned.
November 26, 2018
I'm in for a mid Brevard county location.
November 14, 2018
Would you please provide me with more information, like date and cost?
November 13, 2018
I'm interested and can work for Kirk in Indian River County or Holly in mid to south Brevard.
November 5, 2018
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October 17, 2018
Is this going to be offered anytime soon? I was registered for a previous course but it was cancelled. Thank you. Erin
October 11, 2018
Thank you Mary. Feel free to call me anytime to discuss youth shooting sports in our region. Gus 321-633-1702, Ext. 52320
September 27, 2018
Gus, We shoot lever action smallbore and pistol cartridge rifle metallic silhouette at Seminole County Gun and archery and Chuluota Sportsmans Club on second Saturday and second Sunday of each month. Also smallbore and Hunters Pistol at Chuluota SC. Mary Watkins
June 14, 2018
We have just posted an article about the Tegu Lizard being spotted in Brevard County.
May 22, 2018
Thanks Mr. Gus!
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