Orientations and Practices
Plan to attend the mandatory orientation for all members on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at Great Guns.
New Shooters Training will be on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at Great Guns.
Weekly practices take place on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. until dusk at Great Guns.
Parents must stay at practice.
No electronics on the shooting line.
Stay on the shooting line until the line is closed.
No caffeine before shooting. It hurts concentration and steadiness.
Observe 4-H dress code and safety/discipline rules as listed in the Larimer County 4-H Shooting Sports Handbook.
Members who attend few than four practices may be able to shoot at county shoot, as space allows. Check with superintendents at practice.
If practices are to be postponed or canceled, an email will be sent via the Extension Office.
Great Guns Sporting LLC
16126 County Road 96, Nunn, CO 80648
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Shooting vest or shooting belt with bag for holding 1 box of shells.
Safety glasses (No sunglasses).
Hat (If desired).
Ear protection (Push-in style or over-the-ear is acceptable).
Jacket or coat (The weather can be questionable and can change to cold and rainy very quickly.).
1 box of shells per round, lead only (Maximum shell length is 2–3/4" @1200 FPS (7–1/2 or 8-shot ONLY).
No reloaded ammunition is allowed at County or State 4-H qualifying events.
Funds (Cost is $6.00 per round).
Any 12 gauge, 20 gauge, or .410 shotgun is acceptable.
Semi-automatic, pump, or over/under.
Most guns now come with removable choke.
Modified chokes will cover almost all types of shooting being done
Skeet chokes for shooting skeet, but modified will work
If you have any questions about your shotgun, please call or bring to a practice to ask.
Protective eyewear or prescription glasses is required. No sunglasses.
Ear protection is required.
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.
Muzzle – pointed in a safe direction,
Action – open until done loading,
Trigger – finger off of the trigger until firing.
Two-hand carry to and from the shooting line. The barrel must be kept in a safe or downrange position. Over the shoulder carries are NOT allowed.
All shotguns must remain unloaded with actions open and empty until on the line ready to shoot.
Only 1 shell at a time can be loaded and only when it is your turn to shoot (except when shooting Skeet or 5-Stand).
DO NOT put the barrel of the gun on your toe. A magnetic shooting pad for the barrel is acceptable.
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.
Clay targets will be scored either hit/broken or lost/missed.
Hit/broken target: A target is scored as hit or broken when at least one visible piece of the target is broken or separated from the target.
Lost/missed target: A target is scored as lost or missed when it is not hit during its flight. The absence of a visible, separated target piece is considered a lost or missed target. A target is scored as lost or missed if it is fired upon out of order or in the event of a non-alibied failure to fire.
5-stand, trap, and skeet will consist of 1 round of 25 targets.
Sporting clays (5-stand) will consist of 1 round of 50 targets.
Skeet will consist of 2 rounds of 25 targets.
Trap will consist of 2 rounds of 25 targets.
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:
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.
Register for the Shooting Sports project and Shotgun 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 in your chosen discipline(s) 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 $15 per shotgun class, at the county fair project check-in.
State team consist of five members.
2019 State Shoot Information
Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1
Pikes Peak Gun Club
450 South Francesville Coal Mine Road
Colorado Springs. Colorado
Some onsite camping is available. The nearest hotels are at the Colorado Springs Airport.
Chairs are helpful for some shotgun events.
Carts are helpful, especially for sporting clays.
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.