Participants in the Barrow County 4-H Project S.A.F.E. not only learn to shoot shotguns, but, more importantly, learn how to handle the weapons safely.
Project S.A.F.E. is short for Shooting Awareness, Fun and Education. The program provides an opportunity for youth in seventh through twelfth grades to learn to shoot shotguns. Participants hone their skills by practicing with clay targets thrown at random heights and angles from a mechanical thrower. Proficiency in leading a target and follow through is emphasized.
Barrow County 4-H senior shotgun team members include (l. to r.) Jake Etheridge, coach Britt West, Holden Petree, Nathan Holt, Andrew Still, coach Rex Holt, Chris Keith, Kevin Trusty, Cole Allen, and coach Tony Trusty. Photo by Ellen Petree
The Barrow County 4-H shotgun teams also participate in competitions. Practice for next month’s State 4-H Shotgun Competition began in February. The winners are determined based on the number of targets hit by the five member teams. Team members shoot 25 single targets. In the event of a tie, shooters must attempt to hit two targets thrown simultaneously
In order to qualify for the state match, junior 4-H members must shoot 16 out of 25 targets while seniors must break 20 out of 25 targets.
Hunter Baldwin, Ben Oxley, Caleb Murphy, Bailey Winkle, Andrew Still, Holden Petree and Nathan Holt qualified for state at the district match held on April 15 at the Elbert County Gun Club.
Participants in the Barrow County 4-H shotgun teams have the opportunity to hone their skills through the 4-H Shooting Awareness, Fun and Education (S.A.F.E.) program. Junior shotgun team members include (l. to r.) Ben Oxley, assistant coach Holden Petree, Jonah Royster, assistant coach Andrew Still, Hunter Baldwin, Caleb Murphy, and Bailey Winkle. Photo by Ellen Petree
Hunter Baldwin was the top junior shooter, Ben Oxley was the second high junior shooter and Andrew Still tied as the 2nd high senior shooter. Other members of the shotgun team include Jonah Royster, Jake Etheridge, Chris Keith, Cole Allen and Kevin Trusty.