Rod Bergstrom


Orientations and Practices



Orientation will be held on Sunday, March 17 at 1:30 p.m. at the Jerry Clausen Ranch. (Rescheduled from Sunday, March 3 due to cold, and from Sunday, March 10 due to mud on the range.)


Practices take place on Sunday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. at the Jerry Clausen Ranch. 


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(Even if you’re already subscribed to the Remind group for .22, please be sure to subscribe to Muzzleloading’s alerts as well. Sometimes .22 may be cancelled when muzzleloading can still hold practice.)

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Practice Location

Jerry Clausen Ranch

12425 North County Road 27, Loveland, CO 80538




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Required Equipment

Eye protection.

Ear protection.

Muzzleloader case.

Shooting bench.

Powder measure.

Optional Equipment

Dry box.

Lightweight gloves.

Classes and Equipment


Any rifle designed to be loaded by the muzzle. Patched round balls. Maximum 60 grains loose black powder, primer.

Firearm/Ammunition Course of Fire Positions Required Equipment Optional Equipment
Utility Any rifle designed to be loaded by the muzzle. Patched round balls. Maximum 60 grains loose black powder, primer. 1 target page (5 shots), 1 bottles page (5 shots), swinging 4" gongs (5 shots).

Juniors shoot at 25 yards.

Seniors shoot at 50 yards.
Standing. Safety glasses, ear protection, muzzleloader case, shooting bench, powder measure. Dry box, lightweight gloves.

Please see the State Contest Rule Book for full descriptions and information.




Eye protection is required.

Ear protection is required. (If sensitive, inner and outer hearing protection may be advisable.)

County shooting sports waiver must be completed with enrollment and before practices.

Follow all safety rules as listed in the Larimer County Shooting Sports Handbook.

Anyone at the range can call a cease fire.

Muzzle control is important. Shooters can and will be pulled off the line for endangering themselves or other shooters, and incident reports will be filed with the Extension office.

All firearms must be cased and use a clear bore indicator (CBI).

Observe MAT:

  • Muzzle – pointed in a safe direction,

  • Action – open until done loading,

  • Trigger – finger off of the trigger until firing.




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.

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 Muzzleloading, 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:

Muzzleloading Scorecard: Combined

Orion Scoring Example.jpg

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.

State Shoot

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

Attend at least 4 practices. 

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

Place in the top 6 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.

2019 State Shoot Information


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


Pueblo West Sportsman’s Club, no street address.
(Google Maps knows where this is, but click here to view a detailed map.)


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.