University of Vermont

Shooting Sports Training Qualifies Twelve to Teach

Six adult 4-H volunteers were certified to teach pistol skills to youths in the 4-H shooting sports project at a two-day training session, April 21 and 28 in Perkinsville. Instructors were (Front row left to right) David Hale, East Hardwick, and Paul Muzzey, Chester. Participants were (Back row): Joe Lange, Wells River; Gretchen Bates, Essex Junction; Tom Decker and Doug Petty, both from St. Johnsbury; Shawn Tetrault, Groton; and Bill Barney, Bennington. (credit: Lisa Muzzey)

Perkinsville--The University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H Shooting Sports Project hosted training workshops on April 21 and 28 to certify 11 adult 4-H volunteers and one teen leader.

Completion of the training qualifies participants to teach discipline-specific skills in either pistol or rifle to youths enrolled in 4-H shooting sports. Both sessions were held at the Precision Valley Fish and Game Association's range in Perkinsville.

The lead instructors for pistol were David Hale, East Hardwick, and Paul Muzzey, Chester. Earning certification in this discipline were Bill Barney, Bennington; Gretchen Bates, Essex Junction; Tom Decker and Doug Petty, both from St. Johnsbury; Joe Lange, Wells River; and Shawn Tetrault, Groton.

Craig Bottesi, Petersburg, New York, taught .22 rifle and air rifle skills to Glenn Gannon and Jennifer Nance, both from East Montpelier, Jacob Miller, Plainfield; and Brad and Elizabeth Ploof and their daughter, Faith, a 4-H teen leader, all from Westford.

The 4-H shooting sports project is designed to teach young people, ages 8 to 18, how to use and handle fire arms safely and responsibly. It also helps builds self confidence as well as instills qualities such as good sportsmanship and leadership.

To learn more about the Vermont 4-H Shooting Sports Project contact Lisa Muzzey, UVM Extension 4-H educator, at (802) 885-8386 or (800) 278-5471 (toll-free in Vermont) or lisa.muzzey@uvm.edu.