Leadership Team



Linda Squibb


Equipment Specialist

Scott Gillespie



Sharel Cameron


Program Description

The 4-H archery program consists of personalized and group instruction for all experience levels, including no experience at all. The program provides closed-range, instructor-led, weekly practices. Our volunteer archery instructors are certified with a focus on safety first. Archers learn step-by-step repeatable techniques used to enhance skills and provide a great foundation for a lifetime of archery enjoyment. The instructors provide positive reinforcement and encouragement using the Oreo cookie method of teaching (say something positive, provide guidance for correction, say something positive). The archery season starts in February and goes through August, culminating in County and State competitions. The competitions, which are not required but highly recommended, are divided by age groups and equipment types. Compound, recurve, and longbows are allowed. Crossbows are not allowed. Some equipment is available to borrow on a first-come, first-served basis so families can make sure their kiddo wants to continue before making an investment in archery equipment.



Orientations and Practices



A mandatory orientation for returning members will be on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the exhibit hall at the McKee Building at the Ranch.

The mandatory orientation and workshop for new first-year members will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 1:00–3:00 p.m. at the McKee Building. (This also serves as a make-up orientation opportunity for returning members who could not make it on February 19.)

The last opportunity to complete orientation will be on Tuesday, March 26 at 6:00 p.m.

Orientation is required for all members prior to taking part in shooting sports practices.


Practices take place on Tuesdays indoors in the exhibit hall at the McKee Building beginning in February.

In May, practices move outdoors on Thursday evenings. These practices will be held in the field just south of the McKee Building and parking lot AA.

Please plan to arrive a little early to held put up the range, and stay after shooting ends to take it down.

Practice Procedures


  • Sign in. (Only those registered for 4-H archery may participate in practice.)

  • Help set up the range.

  • Announcements (news, upcoming events).

  • Personal equipment set-up (bows on bow stands).

  • Stretching.

Line Commands and Behavior

  • Whistle Commands

    • Two Whistles – Collect your bow, step to the line, but do not touch any arrows.

    • One Whistle – Nock arrow and commence shooting.

    • Three Whistles – Stop shooting immediately. Line is closed. Return your bow to the bow rack and retrieve arrows.

    • Multiple Whistles – Emergency! Stop even if bow is drawn. Let bow down.

  • Bow and arrow always pointing down range.

  • Straddle firing line.

  • Vertical bow when loading arrow.

  • When retrieving arrows, if you missed the backer, raise flag before going behind target o If your arrow causes building damage, report it to a leader immediately.

  • Pull arrows one person at a time, look behind you before pulling the arrows.

Range Clean-up

  • Put personal equipment away.

  • Help tear down the range.


We will use Remind to send alerts about cancellations and other important communications.

Text Messages – Sign up via Remind by texting @archery-4h to 81010. Opt out of messages by replying unsubscribe @archery-4h to the same number.

Email – Send an email to archery-4h@mail.remind.com. No subject is needed.

App – Available for your Android phone or iPhone. Choose “Join a class” and enter the class code @archery-4h.

Visit remind.com for details.


A minimum attendance of four practices is required in order to compete at the county competition. (You can count two Lon Hagler practices toward the four-practice requirement for county shoot.)

Parents or adult guardians must attend and stay for the entire duration that their youth is participating in a 4-H archery event. It is important for all archery parents to learn along with the youth so that they may assist the youth with their projects and understand the reasons for procedures.

Medical/Special Needs

Parents/Guardians: Please contact the superintendent regarding medical conditions or special needs that we should be aware of.


Practice Locations

McKee Building at The Ranch

5280 Arena Circle, Loveland, CO 80538


Lon Hagler Archery Range

West County Road 16E, Loveland, CO 80537


Beginning in May, additional practices are held at Lon Hagler Archery Range. When regular practices move to Thursday evenings, the Lon Hagler practices will move to Tuesdays. Check the archery calendar for all of the dates. You can count two of these practices toward the four-practice requirement for county shoot.

For the Lon Hagler practices, we have a separate Remind account to send alerts about cancellations and other important communications for only the Tuesday outdoor practices.

Text Messages – Sign up via Remind by texting “@archlh” to 81010. Opt out of messages by replying “unsubscribe @archlh” to the same number.

Email – Send an email to archlh@mail.remind.com. No subject is needed.

App – Available for your Android phone or iPhone if you would like to download that.

Visit remind.com for details.




Subscribe to the Calendar for Archery

To subscribe using your Google account, click the +Google Calendar button on the calendar above. To access the calendar from other applications, use this link to subscribe:






Required Equipment

Bow — Bows must be stored flat – on pegs, bow rack, under the bed, or in a case. Recurve bows should be unstrung after use. Do not leave equipment where it would be exposed to extreme heat, cold, or moisture.

Arrows — All 5 arrows must be fitted to the archer and bow. They must be long enough so that the tip extends beyond the back of the bow when at full draw. Arrows cannot be made of fiberglass. Wood arrows are not preferred, but may be used only with recurve bows. Field tips only. Arrows should be stored in quiver, out of reach of smaller children.

Arm guard

Hip quiver

Finger tab, archery glove, or release

Wrist sling or finger sling

Recommended Equipment

Arrow lubrication

Notebook and pencil for keeping score or recording coaching tips

(All personal equipment should be labeled with the archer’s name or initials.)


Bow Class Specifications

Maximum draw weight is 60 pounds. All archers compete at 40, 30, 20, and 10-yard distances as well as multiple 3D targets.


Compound Traditional

  • Any compound bow.

  • No sight.

  • No peep sight.

  • No stabilizer.

  • Arrow shelf, stick-on arrow rest, or arrow rest that screws into burger button hole without springs or plungers.

  • Fingers only. (Finger Rolls may be used on the bowstring in place of a finger tab/glove).

Compound Limited

  • Any compound bow.

  • Fixed pin sight only. Can have a level.

  • Peep sight without magnification.

  • Arrow rest. Drop-away arrow rests are NOT allowed.

  • Stabilizer 8” in length or less.

  • Fingers or mechanical release. (Finger Rolls may be used on the bowstring in place of a finger tab/glove).

  • Whisker biscuits are allowed.

Compound Unlimited

  • Any compound bow.

  • Any sight including scope. Can have a level.

  • Any peep sight including clarifier.

  • Any arrow rest except overdraw. Drop-away arrow rests are allowed only at a maximum of two inches
    behind the face of the bow.

  • Any stabilizer.

  • Fingers or any mechanical release. (Finger Rolls may be used on the bowstring in place of a finger tab/glove).

  • Whisker biscuits are allowed.

Parts of a Bow

Recurve or Longbow Traditional

  • Any recurve or longbow.

  • No sights or levels.

  • No peep sight.

  • Stick-on rest or arrow shelf only.

  • No stabilizer.

  • Fingers only. (Finger Rolls may be used on the bowstring in place of a finger tab/glove).

Recurve or Longbow Limited

  • Any recurve or longbow.

  • Any sight. No peep sight.

  • Any arrow rest.

  • Any stabilizer.

  • Fingers only. (Finger Rolls may be used on the bowstring in place of a finger tab/glove).


Steps of Shooting

  1. Stance

  2. Bow hand

  3. Nock

  4. Set hook (string hand)

  5. Focus

  6. Pre-draw

  7. Draw

  8. Anchor

  9. Breathing and aim

  10. Release

  11. Follow-through

  12. Evaluate



Be sure the draw weight is correct for the archer.

Check brace height and overall condition of bow (limbs and riser free from cracks, de-lamination, missing clips, etc.), and all screws and nuts are tight EVERY TIME you shoot.

Check components and equipment for safety including:

  • Bowstring and cable are in good condition, not frayed, no loose servings, no broken strands, the proper size for the bow, and seated properly in the string notches.

  • Each bow is equipped with an arrow rest to hold the arrow on the bow.

  • Each bowstring is equipped with a nock locator, which is in the correct position and is securely attached.

  • Nocks on arrows are the correct size and in the proper position.

  • Nock are not cracked or damaged.

  • Arrows are not cracked, bent or damaged.

  • Point of the arrow is in good condition and is not jammed into the shaft or missing.

  • Any equipment not meeting safety standards will not be allowed on the line.

Bows should never be laid on the ground or floor. Bow racks are provided.

Be certain arrows are the proper length for the person shooting. Arrow tips must extend beyond the back of the bow (side away from the shooter) to be legal.

Check each arrow after shooting each end.

T-shirts are preferred. Shirts should fit snugly and everything removed from the front of the archer’s body to avoid getting caught in the bowstring. (For safety reasons, girls of appropriate age must wear a bra of some type.)

Hair should be restrained to prevent it from being caught in the bowstring.

Fully enclosed sturdy shoes or boots are REQUIRED. No sandals or flip-flops are allowed. Parents, please follow this rule as well.

Archers are REQUIRED to wear arm guards.

Archers will wear finger tabs or shooting gloves unless a release or rollers are used.

Protective eyewear is not required but is not prohibited.

Targets will be set at different distances; archers will always shoot from the same line.

Archers must keep arrows in their quivers until the signal to commence shooting has been given.

When nocking an arrow, the archer must always point the arrow down range (towards the target).

Make certain the arrow nock is seated on the string before drawing the string back.

Draw the bow only when straddling the shooting line while aiming at the target when the line is open.

Arrows that are misfired or dropped at the shooting line must be left lying where they fall. The arrow may be pulled back by dragging with the bow if no part of the body crosses the shooting line and the archer does not interfere with other shooters.

After shooting the arrows, archers return their bows to the bow rack and remain behind the waiting line until the signal to retrieve arrows is given.

When walking to the target to retrieve arrows, pick up all arrows on the ground to avoid personal injury and/or damage to the arrow.

Pulling arrows:

  • Stand to the side of the arrows.

  • Place one hand flat on the target with the arrow between the thumb and index finger.

  • Grasp the arrow with the opposite hand next to the target with the thumb and index finger.

  • Make sure no one is standing behind the arrow when it is pulled.

  • Place the pulled arrow into the quiver worn by the archer before pulling another arrow.

Running and horseplay at any shooting sports event is prohibited. 

Dress Code

Fully-enclosed sturdy shoes or boots required. No sandals or flip-flops allowed on the range. Parents included!

Appropriate dress for any 4-H function. (Refer to the Larimer County Shooting Sports Handbook for details.)

Jewelry, clothing, and long hair that may interfere with the shooting equipment must be removed or secured.

Contract for Archery

Attendance to any Larimer County 4-H Archery event requires that members, parents, and guardians agree to abide by the 4-H Code of Conduct as follows:

  1. Conduct themselves in a courteous, respectful manner; Use appropriate language; Exhibit honesty and good sportsmanship; and act as a positive role model;

  2. Learn and live by the principles of the 4-H pledge, 4-H Motto, and 4-H Slogan;

  3. Abstain from the use of illegal drugs, alcoholic substances, or tobacco products (These are NOT allowed at any 4-H sponsored program, event, and/or activity.);

  4. Respect the rights and authority of Members, Leaders, Parents, and Extension Agents;

  5. Respect the property owner(s) by refraining from purposely damaging the property;

  6. Adhere to individual program rules, policies, and guidelines;

  7. Fully participate in scheduled activities;

  8. No physical or verbal abuse;

  9. Apply rules of safety to individuals, groups, and property.

  10. Dress in a team shirt for state and activities as a member of the archery program is preferred but under no circumstances may an individual wear a shirt promoting drugs, alcohol, tobacco use, sex, profanity, or anything else not conforming to the 4-H Code of Conduct (Pants, jeans, or short may be of any color but must NOT be “worn or holey” unless coming from work);

  11. On the shooting line, no jewelry may be worn except stud earrings without dangles; hair should be tied back;

  12. Fully enclosed sturdy shoes or boots are required by all;

  13. Accept personal responsibility for behavior.

Conduct not in keeping with high 4-H standards will not be tolerated. Safety rules and appropriate behaviors must be observed at all times. Consequences may range from being removed from the line and sitting out two end to being removed from the program completely, depending on the severity of the violation and include immediate expulsion from the activity including the state fair and forfeiture of any awards. A “Discipline/Warning Form” is now included in the Shooting Sports Handbook. Issues, concerns, or feedback about the archery leadership should be reported to the project superintendent. Issues, concerns, or feedback about the project superintendent should be reported to a CSU Extension agent.

Parents or guardians are responsible for the transportation of their child or children and must remain at the activity site as long as the child or children is/are on site.




County Shoot

Members compete in two age groups: Juniors = 4-H age 8–13, Seniors = 4-H age 14–18.

Members do not have to compete at the county shoot to complete the project. But it is strongly encouraged that all archers participate in the county competition. Archers must have attended at least 4 practices prior to the county competition. It is a fun time for all, regardless of skill level.

Register for the Shooting Sports project and Archery discipline by the March deadline.

Attend at least 4 practices.

State Shoot Requirements

Archers who do well at the county competition may qualify for a state team.

Complete hunter safety or bowhunter safety and upload a picture of your hunter safety card to 4HOnline before July 1.

Place in the top 6 in your chosen class at the county shoot.

Earn at least a blue or red ribbon for your county fair project.

Pay the state shoot registration fees, $20 per person plus $5 per discipline, at the county fair project check-in.


Click here to see the scoring key for both target and 3D.

FITA Scoring

Do not touch arrows until scoring is completed.

Seniors shoot 5 arrows per target/distance (20 total arrows). Juniors shoot 3 arrows per target/distance (12 total arrows). All participants will be allowed to shoot a warm-up round at a 20-yard practice target.

Scoring on 10-Ring Targets at 20 Yards, 30 Yards, and 40 Yards – 10X, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.

Scoring on 5-Spot Targets at 10 Yards (Seniors Only) – 10X, 10, 9, 8 (only 1 arrow per target ring scored).

10-Yard, Single-Spot Target (Juniors Only) – 10X, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6.

Target Sizes: 40 yard (122 cm target), 30 yard (80 cm target), 20 yard (60 cm target), and 10 yard.

Pass-through and rebounds must be witnessed.

Mark all holes in the target as arrows are pulled.

Seniors and Juniors will score themselves in groups. Final scoring instructions will be provided immediately prior to shooting the warm-up round. All scoring disputes will be decided by a range officer before arrows are removed from the target, and those decisions will be final.

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3D Scoring

Do not touch arrows until scoring is completed.

10 – Heart ring

8 – Vitals area

5 – Body

0 – Miss (hooves, horns/antlers, turkey fan)

Seniors shoot 2 arrows at 10 targets for a maximum total score of 200. Juniors shoot 1 arrow at 8 targets for a maximum total score of 80. A 3-minute time limit will be imposed on searching for lost arrows.

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Scoring Tip Sheet

Click here to view a Scoring Tip Sheet distributed by Colorado 4-H Shooting Sports. It describes scoring procedures and includes diagrams for how to score targets and 3Ds.

Orion Scoring System

Larimer County Shooting Sports uses the Orion Scoring System for county competitions. This tool greatly streamlines both the scoring process and tabulation of results. 

For Archery, standard scorecards are used to record scores and then scanned to be scored and totaled by the software. We have scorecards available for members to look over and use for practice, so you can become familiar and comfortable with them.

Click to view and download scorecards here:

Archery Scorecards: FITA3D, (Download All)

Here is a quick example of how to mark the scorecards. Fill in the inside, smaller portion of the correct bubble.

If you make a mistake or need to change a score, DO NOT cross it out. Leave the original, incorrect bubble and fill in the larger, oval bubble for the correct score. Then initial next to the shot.

2019 State Shoot Information


Saturday, August 17 for Juniors
Sunday, August 18 for Seniors

Location: (New this Year)

5000 Cuerno Verde Blvd
Colorado City, Colorado
(Approximately 20 miles south of Pueblo, Colorado)


On-site food sales or bring your own.

Pop-ups and chairs are helpful.



Projects and Record Books

County fair is not until August, but members should start keeping records now!

Download the eRecord book.

Members only complete and submit one shooting sports record book for fair, regardless of the number of disciplines they participate in. 

Record books may be completed by hand or on the computer. If you choose to fill it out by hand, use your best handwriting.

Inventory Sheet

Keep one record for all shooting sports. Do not include ammunition or consumables. After fair, keep track of this page to make next year easier.

Shooting Records

Include scores from practices. (Members don’t have to list all scores from every practice.)

Notes on any particular skills worked on during practice.

Thoughts on how each practice went, factors that might have affected scores, etc.


Mileage to orientation night, to practices and trainings, to the store to buy supplies, etc. 

Meals purchased due to practices, trainings, etc.

Costs to put together your Record Book and Project for fair.


Take them early and often so you have a lot to choose from for books, boards, etc.

Save your pictures to the cloud.

Project Boards

Must be done on a 36" x 48" trifold board. Click here for Display Board Guidelines.

Standalone Projects

Must be no larger than 3' x 3' to be displayed at State, otherwise a notebook can be used showing how and what was made.

Record Book and Project Workshops

For 2019, workshops to walk you through the record book and project are being held on Wednesday, June 19 and Wednesday, July 17 at 6:00 p.m. at the McKee Building. These are very helpful presentations and you can ask all of your questions! The presentation PDFs are also available for you to download and review here:

Project Dos and Don’ts

Do choose one shooting discipline to feature for your Shooting Sports project.
Don’t create a project for each discipline you participate in.

Do include a minimum of four project-related photos with captions in your record book. Pictures of demonstrations and community service may be included as well.
Don’t include any photos that show violations of 4-H safety procedures.

Do spend a little time each week gathering ideas, photos, and materials for your fair project.
Don’t wait until the last week, or the last day, to complete your project and record book.

Do include inventory and expenses in your eRecords for all disciplines you take part in, as well as the log for each discipline’s activities.
Don’t include blank eRecord pages for the disciplines you do not participate in.

Do ensure that your record book information is legible and can easily be read by someone other than you.
Don’t bring dangerous items as part of your standalone projects (live ammunition, arrows with field tips or broadheads, sheet metal with jagged edges, etc.).

Do make sure that your display board is a non-overlapping, tri-fold, and is the proper size (36" x 48").
Don’t attach standalone projects to a display board. Generally display boards should consist of flat materials such as photos, paper, glue, or paint. Header panels across tri-fold boards are not allowed.

Do sign up for interview judging online and be prepared for your interview time.
Don’t be nervous during your interview. The judges are genuinely interested in your thoughts and experiences and want to hear your story.

Do remember to bring both your project and your eRecords book to interview judging.
Don’t forget signatures for you, your parent, and your leader on the front page of your eRecord book.