Orientations and Practices
Orientation will be held on Thursday, February 21 from 6:30–8:30 p.m. at the McKee Building. We will cover safety for .22 Rifle, Shotgun, Muzzleloader, and Archery. It is mandatory for Outdoor Skills members to be able to take part in those practices if they are not enrolled in each of those disciplines.
Meetings take place every other Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Berthoud Room in the McKee Building.
Observe 4-H dress code and safety/discipline rules as listed in the Larimer County 4-H Shooting Sports Handbook.
If practices are to be postponed or canceled, an email will be sent via the Extension Office.
McKee Building at The Ranch
5280 Arena Circle, Loveland, CO 80538
Subscribe to the Calendar for Outdoor Skills
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:
Information about equipment to come soon.
Please visit the individual pages for each discipline to find specific safety information.
Mesa County is sponsoring the Colorado 4-H Hunting/Outdoor Skills Invitational on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at the Cameo Shooting Complex in Palisade, Colorado. This event will serve as the qualifying event to determine the 2019 Colorado 4-H Hunting & Outdoor Skills 4-H team to compete at the National 4-H Shooting Sports Championships in June 2019.
Please see Jackie Easthouse with any questions and to make plans to participate.
Projects and Record Books
County fair is not until August, but members should start keeping records now!
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.
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.
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.
Must be done on a 36" x 48" trifold board. Click here for Display Board Guidelines.
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.