Shooting sports team represents Frontier District at 4-H state shotgun competitions

Four members of the Osage County shooting sports program and one member of the Franklin County shooting sports program were among representatives of the Frontier Extension District at the recent 4-H State Shotgun Match. Osage County members include Cody Atchison, JD Schoepflin, Bobby Quaney and Dylon Harris. Carlos Santoya is the fifth member of the team from Franklin County.

All five members shot for an individual score for trap, skeet and sporting clays. Their five scores were also combined for team scores in each discipline and for an overall team score. The team finished the contest taking 36th place out of 120 teams in the shotgun grand aggregate score, while finishing 13th in trap, 11th in skeet, and fifth in sporting clays. Several team members also had personal successes in the matches. (Results are available through the K-State website here.)

State 4-H Trap and Skeet was held Oct. 6, 2018, at Ark Valley Gun Club, near Wichita, Kan., and State Sporting Clays shoot was held Oct. 7, 2018, at Murphy and Sons, in Augusta, Kan.

This is the first time in recent years that Osage County or the Frontier District have had enough shooters qualify to enter as a team. Local 4-H shooting sports instructor Robert Quaney has volunteered many hours to help the team practice and prepare for the local qualifying events in preparation for the state shoot.  

Through the 4H shooting sports program, youth ages 8 to 18 learn marksmanship, the safe and responsible use of firearms, the principles of hunting and archery, and much more. The activities of the shooting sports program and the support of trained, caring adult leaders provide young people with opportunities to develop skills, self-worth, and conservation ethics.

Osage County offers 4-Hers the opportunity to participate in shotgun, small bore rifle, small bore pistol, air rifle, air pistol, and archery. Youth must be at least 8 years old on Jan. 1 to participate for the year, and must be able to understand and follow all safety rules for each discipline they wish to participate in.  There are some additional age limitations for state events.  Interested 4-Hers should enroll in the disciplines they are interested in for the upcoming 4-H year and watch 4-H newsletters for practice dates.

Youth not currently enrolled in 4-H should contact the Frontier Extension District Office at 785-828-4438 to learn about enrolling in 4-H and the shooting sports program.

Information thanks to Marcie Quaney, Osage County Shooting Sports instructor.

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