4-H Safety and Education in ShootingSports (SESS) uses skills and disciplines of shooting to assist young people and their leaders in obtaining knowledge and developing life skills. Youth learn safe and responsible use of firearms and archery equipment including sound decision making self-discipline and concentration. We promote the highest standards of safety sportsmanship and ethical behavior and encourage understanding of our natural resources and the development of a personal environmental stewardship ethic through participation in shooting hunting and related activities. Club meetings typically consist of a short program and an hour or more of shooting practice. We go on field trips and invite guest speakers to share special talents or interesting experiences with our club members. Business meetings fundraising activities and special community service projects are part of the club's yearly plan. In addition to shooting we can add related programs like Wildlife Reloading Taxidermy Trapping Natural Resources Gunsmithing Outdoor Cooking or anything we are is interested in learning more about.Certified Instructors are here toinstruct and teach the shooters fundamentals and techniques of shooting.If youth wish to participate in shooting sports we do not require them to compete in any competitions but they do have the opportunity to compete in many different competitions throughout the year. Youth need to be at least 9 years old and in 4th grade to participate in any 4-H Shooting Sports club.Youth must be at least 11 years old to participate in shotgun discipline and 12 to be in shotgun competitions. Muzzleloader has similar restrictions - youth must be 12 to participate and need to have completed all the muzzleloader lessons to compete.If this sounds like a great fit you can contact us with the information provided above or contact our county extension office by searching Iowa 4-H Extension Chickasaw County in your internet browser such as Google. You can also visit our Iowa 4-H Shooting Sports website for more information.