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OTTAWA — La Salle County 4-H Shooting Sports will hold two signup sessions for its programs in archery, rifle and shotgun.
The first time to sign up will be 6-8 p.m. Oct. 1 at Reddick Library, 1010 Canal St., Ottawa. The session also will serve as an informational meeting for new or interested participants. The second signup session will be on 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at the extension office, 1689 N. 31st Road, Suite 2, Ottawa.
The Shooting Sports program utilizes the resources of the University of Illinois Extension’s 4-H program. La Salle County Shooting Sports offers shooting disciplines of archery, rifle (air and .22s), and shotgun. Archery practices will take place at the Bone Shed on the north side of Ottawa. Air rifle practices will take place at the American Legion Hall in Marseilles. Shotgun and .22’s practice will take place at Buffalo Rock Shooting Park west of Ottawa.
Youth ages 8-18 can enroll in archery and air rifle, while .22 rifle and shotgun require youth to be at least 10 years of age to enroll. Each discipline is taught by an adult National or State Certified Instructor who has attended an extensive training program.
Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports program is part of the National 4-H Shooting Sports program that started in the mid 1970s. The Illinois program gained approval to join the national effort in 2009. The focus of all 4-H programs is the development of youth as individuals and as responsible, productive citizens. The Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports program stands out as an example. Youth learn marksmanship, the safe and responsible use of firearms, the principles of shooting and archery and much more. The activities of the program and support of caring adult leaders provide young people with opportunities to develop life skills, self-worth and conservation ethics.