Shooting Sports is one of the most popular 4-H projects in Larimer County. And Larimer County has one of the largest Shooting Sports programs in the state of Colorado.

Members learn how to care for and handle shooting sports equipment safely. There are numerous options, from rifles to bows. Then members have the opportunity to hone their skills and test themselves by competing in the county shoot, and if they qualify, the Colorado state competition. 



Air Rifle



Outdoor Skills


.22 Pistol

.22 Rifle

Western Heritage


Participation Requirements



To participate in 2020, youth must be 8-years-old by December 31, 2019 and complete their enrollment in 4-H before the March 1, 2020 deadline. (Returning members must enroll by the January 15, 2020 deadline.) Be sure to choose the Shooting Sports project and then each discipline individually. To learn more about enrollment, visit the Join 4-H page on the Larimer County Extension website.


All youth enrolling in any discipline MUST turn in a Shooting Sports Liability Waiver WITH the 4-H enrollment form at the Extension Office. If you do not submit the waiver, you will not be enrolled in 4-H, not covered under 4-H insurance, and not able to participate in any practices!


Each Shooting Sports discipline holds mandatory orientations and safety trainings. All participants, both new and returning, must attend the scheduled orientation for each discipline before they will be allowed to take part in practices.

Required Practices

All participants must attend a minimum of four county practices for each discipline in which they wish to participate in the County Shoot.

If participating in .22 Rifle and Air Rifle, the youth may opt to attend two practices in each discipline rather than four in each. This does not apply to practices for any other discipline.

Information meetings, orientations, safety meetings, and workshops do not count as practices.

Two club practices conducted by a leader state-certified in the discipline will count if the following conditions are met:

  1. List of planned Club practices sent to the Extension Office by April 1. A list of additional practices should be submitted one week prior to the time the practice is held.

  2. Other 4-H members may participate in the practice provided the range will accommodate increased numbers.

  3. The attendance list must be submitted by the certified 4-H Shooting Sports Leader to the 4-H Extension Agent within one week for the practice to count.

Check-in at Practice

A parent or guardian is required to stay at Shooting Sports practices. Everyone must sign in and out. We need an accurate count of all in attendance, including participants, parents, siblings, and guests.

Hunters Education

Hunters education is NOT required to compete at county shoots. However, to be eligible to compete at the state competition, participants must submit their hunter education card before the July 1, 2020 deadline. Go to 4HOnline and upload a photo of the hunter education card and input the number. (Bowhunters education is also acceptable for Archery.) Information for classes can be found online at, or by contacting Sportsman’s Warehouse, Liberty Firearms Institute, Jax, the Colorado Division of Wildlife, the Fort Collins Archery Association, or the Colorado Bowhunters Association.

A Hunters Education Class is usually offered in the Spring for 4-H members. Please watch for more details in the News section of this website.

State Competition

A youth must participate in the county shoot to qualify for the state competition. Larimer County also requires a youth to exhibit at the county fair and be awarded at least a red ribbon to participate in the state shooting competitions.

Fair Exhibit

To complete the Shooting Sports project, members must create either a display exhibit or stand-alone project. If taking part in multiple disciplines, create one project for the discipline of your choice, and include the required sections for each discipline in the Shooting Sports record book. See more information about Projects and Record Books under your shooting discipline’s page.

Additional Requirements for Specific Disciplines

Specific disciplines can have additional requirements. Please visit each discipline’s page to learn more about these requirements and contact the appropriate superintendent with questions.

Shooting Sports Handbook

Please review the Larimer County 4-H Shooting Sports Handbook for more information about our mission and policies.