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4-H Smart Shooters Season Begins

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By Cathy Toole

The Henry County 4-H Shooting Sports program made a great showing at their first competition this year at the Brewer Invitational Kentucky Hunter Education Challenge.

The event was held on April 23 in Mercer County and is based on the combined scores of team members in the following categories: Wildlife ID, Hunter Safety Test, Hunter Safety Challenge Course, Rifle, Archery and Shotgun.

Teams are made up of four youth members as well as one adult leader. The adult leader must complete all of the categories that the youth compete in during the day. The adult scores are used only to decide tie breakers putting a lot of pressure on the team coaches.

The senior team was made up of Jordan Campbell, Jacob Yount, Connor Toole, Justin Yount and coach Tony Adams.

The team placed second overall at the event with individual awards going to Jordan Campbell, first place for wildlife ID; Jacob Yount received first place in archery.

The junior team was made up of Jared Yount, Blake Jones, Jackson Jeffries, Devin Hagan and Coach J. D. Yount. This team took top honors by winning first place team. Jackson Jeffries took first place in shotgun as well as third place overall.

Blake Jones received first place in archery and Jared Yount received second place overall.

Both teams did extremely well considering the weather conditions. The group had to contend with a lot of wind and rain. Colt McGuire also attended the event as well as senior team member Todd Adams who was on the sidelines due to a hand injury.

The team would like to offer a great big thank you to our coaches working the event, Jeannie and Dennis Campbell.

The next KHEC competition will be held at the State Competition held on the weekend of May 28. Best of luck to these dedicated young men.