Junior shooters have a variety of opportunities to participate in a wide range of shooting disciplines, both with SCSA and 4-H shooting sports. Juniors can participate in indoor range shooting opportunities with air rifles, air pistols, .22 rifles, and .22 pistols. Juniors can also work on developing their skills in disciplines such as shotgun, archery, and muzzleloader. All these opportunities are available to shooters from 8 to 18 years of age. These disciplines are led by NRA certified range safety officers and 4-H instructors certified in the discipline being taught.
The goal of the Junior Shooter program is to promote high standards of safety, sportsmanship, and ethical behavior through shooting sports activities.
Indoor range practices take place from March until May, on Mondays from 6 – 8 p.m. and Fridays from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the SCSA indoor range. On Fridays only, the first hour from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. is for shooting air rifle and air pistols only. Rifle shooters will practice shooting from 4 different shooting positions: prone, standing, kneeling, and sitting. Pistol shooters will shoot solely from the standing position.
Shotgun practices will take place in April and May, on Wednesday evenings from 6 – 8 p.m. (weather permitting) on the trap house located just north of the SCSA main building. Shooters will practice both singles and handicap distances. Shooters will also learn commands associated with being a squad leader.
Archery practices take place in April and May, on Sunday afternoons from 1 – 3 p.m. Archery shooting takes place at the the Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall. Shooters will shoot blue face targets at a distance of 10 or 20 yards based on age and 3-D animal targets at ranges varying from 5 – 40 yards depending on age.
Muzzleloader practices will take place in April and May at SCSA. The practices are weather permitting and will take place on Monday evenings from 6 – 8 p.m.
County Shoot, State Shoot, and 4-H National Shoot
Junior shooters have more extended opportunities though the 4-H program, where they can take their shooting skills to competitions such as County Shoot, State Shoot, and the National 4-H Shoot.
Sheridan County Fair and Wyoming State Fair
Beyond just shooting, juniors can also participate in the Sheridan County Fair by creating static exhibits that can be entered into the fair (Bow rack above right). Other static exhibits can be posters on any shooting sports related topic of the junior’s choice, which they will present to a judge for the chance to win ribbons. If the exhibit scores well enough at Sheridan County Fair it will be taken to the Wyoming State Fair where it will compete against other winning exhibits from other counties.