Area 4-H youths participated in the 2005 Minnesota State 4-H Shooting Sports Wildlife Invitational on Sept. 10 and 11 at the Beltrami County Fairgrounds in Bemidji.
Shooting events included BB gun, air rifle, air pistol, trap, .22, black powder and archery. Approximately 500 youths from around the state participated, and boys and girls competed against each other in all events. The top 10 in each event received medals.
Competing in the Intermediate Division from Crow Wing County:
Tyler Hillman, 15, Cloverleaf 4-H Club, received a fifth-place individual medal in both trap shooting and archery, compound bow with release and sites events. He was on the trap shooting and archery team for Crow Wing County.
Nathan Hillman, 13, Cloverleaf 4-H Club, competed in individual and team trap shooting and archery, compound bow with release and sites events. This was his first year competing.
Ben J. Nelson, 15, Daggett Brook 4-H Club, competed in individual and team trap shooting. He won a first-place trophy in a rapid fire air rifle shoot. He shot five targets in .89 seconds.
Competing in the Junior Division from Crow Wing County:
Jenna Ruzich, 12, Baxter Sandpipers 4-H Club, competed in the three-position air rifle and standard (standing) air rifle events. She presented and was judged on a county conservation exhibit "The Importance of Firearm Safety Hunter Education Courses."
Hanna Ruzich, 10, Baxter Sandpipers 4-H Club, competed for her first time in the archery, compound bow with fingers and sites event.
The Crow Wing County 4-H Shooting Sports/Wildlife Management program offers youths in grades 3-12 an opportunity to learn a variety of shooting sports disciplines with certified adult instructors and participate in wildlife workshops.
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