In September, the majority of the state's 4H Shooting Sports County Programs came together at Blue Grass Sportsmen's League in Wilmore to attend the Kentucky 4H State Shooting Sports Competition. This year, the event saw more than 600 participants compete in five disciplines: Rifle (.22 caliber bolt action, air and BB); Pistol (air and .22 caliber); Muzzleloader (rifle and pistol); Archery (compound bare and recurve, bow hunter and target).
The University of Kentucky Rifle Team was on hand to score more than 11,000 targets with their coach, Harry Mullins. The team members were presented with a plaque to represent the state committee's appreciation for their time and efforts.
The 4H State Shooting Sports Education Program began in Kentucky in 1988, and now involves approximately 6,000 youth and 900 volunteers statewide.
The program trains youth to handle and shoot firearms safely. It teaches leadership and responsibility in a non-formal environment while offering fun activities for youth and adults. While competition is not the main focus, the program does offer opportunities to participate in shooting events, competing in various disciplines and age groups.
Established in 1945 to promote the honor, dignity, and ethics of good sportsmanship among its members, the Blue Grass Sportsmen's League is Kentucky's largest sporting league with more than 2,500 members and located 4.1 miles south of Wilmore at Handy's Bend Road. The BGSL is a non-profit organization dedicated to conservation and the environment, hunter education, wildlife and habitat restoration, and youth education in sportsmanship.