The Minnesota 4-H State Shooting Sports and Wildlife Invitational was conducted in Alexandria in Douglas County Sept. 6-8. Seven hundred and forty-six youths from 51 counties participated in the following events: BB gun, Standard Air Rifle, 3 Position Air Rifle, Air Pistol, .22 Rifle, Muzzleloading, Trap, Silhouette, Wildlife Calling, Skillathon and Conservation/Wildlife Displays throughout the weekend. Youths had the opportunity to showcase their skills as they spent 15 or more hours working with a trained instructor in their discipline of interest.
Minnesota 4-H Shooting Sports and Wildlife Invitational participants from Crow Wing County included Independent members Cam Walkowiak, David Schroeder, Alyssa Burley, Abbie Burley, and Nathan Anderson, Pelican Lakes 4-H Club.
The Adopt-a-River Conservation Board received third place for its project.
Cam Walkowiak received a sixth place ribbon in Archery. Alyssa Burley received a fourth place ribbon in Archery. David Schroeder received second place in .22 Rifle and fifth place in Black Powder.
The Minnesota 4-H Shooting Sports and Wildlife Program began in the 1980s and has grown to 4,000 4-H members and 500 adult leaders. Adults may become certified discipline instructors by attending a weekend workshop and instructing youths in their county. To learn more about the Minnesota 4-H Shooting Sports & Wildlife Program, go to http://www1.extension.umn.edu/youth/mn4-H/projects/shooting-sports/shoot....