Shot­gun Tour­na­ment to Kick Off the New Year – Open to the Pub­lic

Calhoun Times - - GORDONLIFE - 4-H Gor­don County Ex­ten­sion Agent

Like bust­ing clays and win­ning prizes? The pub­lic is in­vited to come take part in the Gor­don County 4- H Shot­gun Tour­na­ment to be held on Satur­day, Septem­ber 8 begin­ning at 10 a.m. at the Gor­don County Ex­ten­sion Of­fice at 1282 Highway 53 Spur SW. The event is a fundraiser and an op­por­tu­nity for youth in­ter­ested in join­ing the shot­gun team to meet the coaches and shoot in a com­pe­ti­tion- style for­mat.

The com­pe­ti­tion will be in the mod­i­fied trap for­mat used at 4- H com­pe­ti­tions. The tar­get thrower is a true wob­ble trap that os­cil­lates left to right and changes el­e­va­tion. The thrower is hid­den from the com­peti­tor by a par­ti­tion. Each com­peti­tor will have two prac­tice shots and 25 scor­ing shots. Teams are made up of 4-5 mem­bers and only the top 4 scores count on the team, for a per­fect score of 100.

The en­try fee is $ 100 for 4- 5 mem­ber teams or $ 25 for in­di­vid­u­als. For the pur­poses of the fundraiser, com­peti­tors can choose to reshoot to get a higher score for an ad­di­tional $ 25. The top two teams will re­ceive tro­phies.

The funds raised will go to sup­port the Gor­don County 4- H Shot­gun Team, which is open to all 7th- 12th grade stu­dents in Gor­don County and Cal­houn, in­clud­ing home­schooled stu­dents. Safety and the re­spon­si­ble use of firearms is a pri­mary goal. The cost to join the shot­gun team is $ 50 and youth must sup­ply their own shot­gun and the shot­gun shells they use in prac­tice and com­pe­ti­tion. Oth­er­wise, ev­ery­thing else is pro­vided by team funds, in­clud­ing all prac­tice tar­gets, match reg­is­tra­tion fees, county equip­ment, team shirts, and in­sur­ance. For the first time this year, youth will have the chance to com­pete in trap, skeet, and sport­ing clays tour­na­ments in ad­di­tion to the mod­i­fied trap com­pe­ti­tions. The team will par­tic­i­pate in the Scholas­tic Clay Tar­get Pro­gram, giv­ing them mul­ti­ple op­por­tu­ni­ties for com­pe­ti­tion against other teams in ad­di­tion to the district and statewide 4- H events. The shot­gun team will have its first meet­ing, a manda­tory safety meet­ing, on Mon­day, Jan­uary 28 at 6: 00 p. m. Team in­for­ma­tion, sched­ule, and safety guide­lines will be re­viewed at that meet­ing. Each 4-H’er on the shot­gun team must have taken a Ge­or­gia Hunter Ed­u­ca­tion course and present a copy of their hunter safety card as proof of their course com­ple­tion. This team is coached by adult vol­un­teer lead­ers Ed­ward Chance, Jeremy Col­lis, Caleb Griner, Jonathan Press­ley, Dou­glas Ralston, and Dar­ren Sex­ton. Adults want­ing to as­sist with coach­ing the team can com­plete the vol­un­teer screen­ing and train­ing process through Gor­don County 4- H.

For more in­for­ma­tion, please con­tact the Gor­don County Ex­ten­sion/ 4- H Of­fice at 706- 629- 8685.

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