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By The Cooperative Extension Service U of A System Division of AgricultureAug. 25, 2016
LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas 4-H shooting sports teams and individuals repeatedly placed
among the best of competitors during the National 4-H Shooting Sports Championship
in Grand Island, Neb.
The competition took place from June 26-July 1, and included team and individual competitions
in nine events, including compound and recurve archery, small bore pistol and riffle,
air pistol and rifle, muzzle loader, shotgun and hunting skills. Arkansas shooters
were among 679 competitors from 36 states throughout the country, making it the largest
single 4-H national gathering of any kind.
Rex Roberg, a 4-H Youth Development program associate, said the team performed very
well, which came as no surprise.
“It’s a unique competition, but our coaches had the kids well-prepared” Roberg said.
“They’re not surprised by anything. I was very proud of them — this is the first year
taking teams to all of the events, and only the second year we’ve tried to take a
large contingent of kids.”
Nine teams of four Arkansas 4-H members traveled to the competition. Roberg said that
an unusual aspect of the Arkansas shooters’ success was the composition of the state’s
“We do things differently here in Arkansas,” Roberg said. “Most states will send an
all-star team in every event. Their best four shotgun shooters, for example, go to
“We send county club teams that win our state competition,” Roberg said. “In virtually
all the other states, kids choose a shooting event or discipline as a senior, and
that’s all they’ll practice in. Our kids all shoot everything. They’re well-versed
in all the shooting disciplines, and when they come to a competition like this, where
they’re facing all-star teams of individuals, who’ve shot nothing but that thing they’re
shooting for the last 4-5 years, to do so well against that kind of competition from
other states is just amazing. It speaks really well of how our volunteer instructors
do with those kids here.”
This was also the first year in about two decades for Arkansas 4-H to enter the hunting
skills team competition, which tests knowledge and skills in wildlife identification,
orienteering, and other areas, as well as archery, shotgun and rifle shooting.
Some of the state’s top team accomplishments include:
Some of the Arkansas 4-H members’ top individual accomplishments include:
Two weeks later, a new crop of Arkansas 4-H shooters competed for slots in the 2017
national championship competition at the 4-H Range Events State Competition at the
C.A. Vines Center in Little Rock. Top individual finishers include:
Top team finishers include:
To learn more about Arkansas 4-H, contact your local Cooperative Extension Service
agent or visit www.uaex.uada.edu.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity,
sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran
status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative
Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) 671-2126