Edgecombe County 4-H Shooting Sports Excels

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     Edgecombe County 4-H Shooting Sports Excels


The Edgecombe County 4-H Shooting Sports program has completed a year of excellent life-long learning experiences which includes the support of family, certified teaching instructors coaches and outstanding achievements at the District and State 4-H Shooting Sports competitions held in September.

The focus of all 4-H programs is the development of youth as individuals and as responsible and productive citizens. Decision-making, teamwork, problem solving and having a high self-esteem are just a few of the many skills 4-H helps to develop.


The National 4-H Shooting Sports Program, is an excellent example of this and is the design of the Edgecombe County 4-H Shooting Sports program. 4-H youth learn marksmanship, the safe and responsible use of firearms, the principles of hunting and archery, and much more. The activities of the program and the support of caring adult leaders provide young people with opportunities to develop life skills, self-worth, and conservation ethics.


The Shooting Sports Project is a comprehensive introduction to shooting sports safety and the fundamentals of shooting disciplines including: archery, pistol, rifle, shotgun, muzzle loading, and hunting.  Edgecombe’s 4-H Shooting Sports program met twice a month this first year to accomplish the work of the program and the work certainly has paid off.


Zach Hill, son of Chris and Jenny Hill of Tarboro was the Overall High Score of the State Junior Shotgun event shooting 24 out of 25 clays, first place Junior Individual Shotgun and 2nd place in Recurve Archery during the State finals held September 28th at Millstone 4-H Camp in Ellerbe, North Carolina.


Edgecombe’s Junior Archery team was named the State winner in Compound Archery.  The Junior Archery team members were: Justin Chatt, son of Michael and Mary Chatt of Tarboro, Sydney Daughtridge, daughter of Bryan and Jennie Daughtridge of Rocky Mt., Grant Dew, son of Bill and Sherry Dew of Tarboro, and Austin Harris, son of Austin and Ginger Harris of Tarboro.  Collectively the team shot 186.5 out of 200 possible points.


Shooting Sports individual competitors were Cole Bost, son of Albert and Becky Bost of Rocky Mount., in Senior Shotgun, tied for 11th place. Mason Daughridge, son of Bryan and Jennie Daughridge, also competed in Senior Shotgun.


Others competing in State Shooting Sports competition were: Evan Hill son of Chris and Jenny Hill competing in Senior Individual Rifle Open Sight.  Trey West, son of Kevin and Shannon West of Tarboro competing in Junior Shotgun.


Cole Bost, Mason Daughtridge and Zach Hill will compete for a position on the State Shooting Sports Team in late October at Millstone 4-H Camp. If the young men are selected they will compete as North Carolina’s 4-H Shooting Sport Team in Grand Island, Nebraska in June of 2014.


District Shooting Sports competition occurred earlier in September and those who qualified advanced to the State Tournament.  Shooting Sport club members Steven Bradley, Sam Moseley and Seth Paramore competed at the District event.


Leadership for Edgecombe’s Shooting Sports Club is provided by 4-H Volunteers, Art Bradley and Scott Kiser. The club is proud to have the sponsors of Edgecombe County Farm Bureau, Friends of the NRA Foundation and support from Edgecombe County Sherriff’s Department and Old Hickory Gun Club.


For additional information regarding the Edgecombe County 4-H Shooting Sports program contact the Edgecombe County Cooperative Extension Center.

Edgecombe Jr. Archery team wins 1st Place. L-R Sydney Daughtridge, Grant                                         Dew, Austin Harris and Justin Chatt.

Edgecombe Junior Archery team wins 1st Place at State Competition. L-R Sydney Daughtridge, Austin Harris, Justin Chatt, and Grant Dew.

Zach Hill, Overall High Score State Junior Shotgun, 1st Jr. Shotgun,                                         2nd  Recurve Archery

Zach Hill, Overall High Score State Junior Shotgun, 1st Individual Jr. Shotgun, 2nd Junior Recurve Archery