Sharpshooters show at challenge

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By Cathy Toole

Henry County Sharpshooters Attend Youth Hunter Education Challenge

The Henry County 4-H Sharpshooters attended the Taylor County YHEC competition several weeks ago and made a great showing.  There were eight participants from Henry County.   In the youth hunter challenge each team member competed in eight different events, they are:  shotgun, rifle, blackpowder, archery, wildlife identification, orienteering, and they take a hunter safety written test.  The all-day event  is truly a challenge of knowledge as well as skill.  Youth competing in this competition are very dedicated and spend a lot of time throughout the year training for the events.

In the junior age division of youth ages 9 to 14 Colt McGuire took top honors in the following classes:  1st in orienteering, 2nd in wildlife ID, 2nd in rifle, 2nd in responsibility exam,  1st  in shotgun with a perfect score of 300.  Jacob Wilson placed 3rd in wildlife ID, 3rd in rifle, and 2nd in archery.  Dylan Rankin placed 3rd in archery.

In the senior division of youth ages 15-19 Justin Yount received the high overall award.  He also received 1st in archery, and 2nd in orienteering.  Jared Yount placed 2nd in rifle and 2nd in archery.  Devin Hagan placed 2nd in wildlife ID and 1st in shotgun.  Blake Jones placed 3rd in archery.

I want to give a special thank you to the parents and coaches that work with the YHEC teams for the hours of time spent in practice and training for the events.


Upcoming 4-H Activities:

April 17 — Advanced Cooking Club, after school at the Henry County Extension office from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

April 17 — Knitting Club afterschool at the Henry County Extension office from 3:30 to 5 p.m.  Bring size 6 knitting needles and 2 skeins of cotton yarn.

April 19 — Popcorn and movie Friday afterschool at the Henry County Extension office until 5 p.m.