4-H State Shooting Sports Competition


Kentucky 4-H believes that all youth should have opportunities for positive youth development in our four guiding concepts: mastery, belonging, independence, and generosity. The Kentucky 4-H State Shooting Sports Competition, held annually in September, is the culminating event for youth enrolled in a county 4-H Shooting Sports program.

The first day of competition (Saturday) is held at the Bluegrass Sportsmen’s League in Wilmore. Youth compete in all disciplines except shotgun on this day. The second day of competition (Sunday) is held at the Miller Welch - Central KY Wildlife Management Area in Berea. Youth compete in the discipline of shotgun on this day.

This event is designed to develop independence, promote safe and responsible shooting practices and provide a goal to work towards for youth involved within the program. Each day of competition ends with an awards ceremony recognizing both individuals and teams.


**Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the 2020 State Competition has been cancelled. In hopes of providing a culmination event for our shooting sports youth KY 4-H Shooting Sports will be hosting the Virtual "Mail-In" Tournament. For more information on this event click HERE.**

Day One:

  • Date: September 19, 2020
  • Time: Registration opens at 7am EST
  • Location: Bluegrass Sportsmen’s League, Wilmore, KY

Day Two:

  • Date: September 20, 2020
  • Time: Registration opens at 7am EST
  • Location: Miller Welch – Central KY Wildlife Management Are, Berea, KY

Contact your county extension office for information regarding county deadlines (link).


4-H Shooting Sports Program - Minimum Instructional Criteria

*The following items are the minimum instructions a 4-H member must receive under the guidance of a certified 4-H Shooting Sports Coach in order to participate in the State 4-H Shooting Sports Competition. Counties may choose to add additional restrictions at their discretion. These criteria were developed to allow counties options for determining the suitability of their 4-H members' participation in shooting sports programs in a safe and informed manner during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

  • Must complete a general 4-H Shooting sports safety meeting (these can be online or in-person). 
  • Must complete five practice sessions under the guidance of a certified 4-H Shooting Sports Coach.
  • The discipline coach must confirm that the 4-H member has completed the minimum requirements and certify their ability to participate in 4-H shooting sports programs in a safe and informed manner.

**Due to the current situation involving Covid-19 submission of a County Roster has been suspended for the year 2020. In order to compete in the State Competition youth must meet the guidelines outlined above.**

  • Online Registration (LinkBlue Required) - State Deadline is August 1st
  • County Volunteer Roster – must be submitted to Ashley Marcum by August 1st, if not received your county will be excluded from this year’s competition
  • Updated Registration List (when available)
  • Agent Resources (LinkBlue Required)

Additional Information

Volunteer Opportunities

Per the Kentucky State 4-H Shooting Sports Education Program Rules every county is required to provide 1 volunteer for every 4 participants (or portion thereof) at both the Saturday and Sunday event. Coaches, parents, or other county volunteers can fill these volunteer positions. Once a volunteer roster is submitted individuals will be assigned to a range or other needed position. If you are interested in volunteering for your county, please contact your county extension office for more information (link).

  • General Volunteer Information
  • SOP’s for areas

State Contact:  Ashley Marcum | ashley.marcum@uky.edu | 859-218-0993