The Western Heritage project is a combination of 4-H Shooting Sports and a living history of the frontier west from 1860 to 1900. It combines a comprehensive study of the Old West with the fastest growing shooting sports discipline in the world: western action shooting. The purpose is to provide an avenue for 4-H members and adult leaders to experience the lifestyles and cultures of the Old West from the period of around 1860–1900 through a living history approach to learning while instilling the concepts of gun safety and personal responsibility. Members dress in Old West clothing, shoot replica firearms of the frontier period, and expand their knowledge of U.S. history.
Important: Additional Requirements for Western Heritage
In order to participate in any live portion of the Western Heritage Project, 4-H members must be 9 years old as of the start of the current 4-H year. Members must have completed at least one project year of 4-H Shooting Sports that includes firearm and range experience. No handgun use will be permitted for 4-H members enrolled in the Western Heritage project who are not 12 years old as of the start of the current 4-H year. Members must have written permission from parent or legal guardian to participate in this project in compliance with the Gun Control Act of 1968 and the Youth Handgun Safety Act of 1994.
A Youth Safety Handgun Form must be completed, given to the superintendents, uploaded to 4honline.com, and a copy kept in the member’s pistol case.
Participation are at the discretion of the extension agent and the discipline superintendent.
Orientations and Practices
Informational meetings take place on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. in the LaPorte Room in the McKee Building.
Beginning on April 1, 2019, practices will be held on Mondays at 6:00 p.m. at Great Guns in Nunn. We will be at the range, rain or shine. Please bring your books in case it’s raining and we’ll go to the clubhouse and study.
Parents must stay at practice.
NEW THIS YEAR: Everyone, not just members, must sign in and out of practices.
No electronics on the shooting line.
Follow the 4-H Code of Conduct.
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
Great Guns Sporting LLC
16126 County Road 96, Nunn, CO 80648
Subscribe to the Calendar for Western Heritage
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Eye protection is required.
Ear protection is required.
More information coming soon.
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.
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.
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.