4-H Shooting Sport Success

By Elin Kittelmann,

Fallon/Carter County Extension Agent

The Carter County 4-H Shooting Stars hosted their fourth annual Invitational Shoot on Feb. 18, at the Fallon County Indoor Shooting Range. There were 74 4-H youth from Carter, Custer, Fallon, Garfield, Prairie, Powder River, Treasure, McCone, Musselshell, Gallatin, Flathead and Wibaux Counties that participated. Numerous individuals and businesses in Carter, Custer, Fallon and Yellowstone County offered their support to the youth involved in the shooting sports program. Additionally, Fallon County 4-H Shooting Sports volunteered their time and knowledge to help with this event. The event would not have been possible without all the volunteers and the community support!

The Carter County 4-H Shooting Sports leaders started this invitational four years ago because all the 4-H Shooting Sports competitions were on the western side of the state. They thought there would be an interest and the opportunity to host one on the eastern side of the state. It turned out that there was tremendous support from other 4-H Shooting Sports programs and from the 4-H Center in Bozeman. The Invitational is a great opportunity for the 4-H members to practice in a competitive setting before the State Shoot in Bozeman which will be held in March. All youth that competed are a part of their local 4-H Shooting Sports program and have been practicing and learning proper safety procedures throughout the fall and winter. Youth competed in air pistol, air rifle, and archery. The majority of the youth were between 9 and 12 years old, but there were also some very competitive shooters in the older age divisions.

Over 125 adults and youth attended the educational program and awards banquet.  Zach Philips, Game Warden talked to the kids about wildlife identifications, and wildlife Biologist, Melissa Foster discussed selecting a hunting spot. Both speakers entertain questions for the audience and were supportive of the event.

Carter County Shooting Stars are looking forward to next year’s invitational and growing and improving the 4-H Shooting Sports program in Southeastern Montana.

4-H Shooting Sports is the most popular project in Montana, closely follow by livestock projects.  4-H Shooting Sports project help youth learn firearm safety, positive youth development, and life skills. It also is a great opportunity to build youth-adult partnerships. Shooting Sports competitions are intended to provide a friendly learning atmosphere and to promote the 4-H spirit. For more information about 4-H Shooting Sports or the local 4-H program contact your Fallon/ Carter County Extension Office 406-778-7110.

4th Annual Carter County 4-H Shooting Stars Invitational Winners

Air Rifle:

9-12 Year Old Division

1. Levi Stanton (Garfield Co.) 254

2. Walker Colvin (Garfield Co.) 200

3. Royce Tooke (Treasure Co.) 199

13-14 Year Old Division

1. Shelby Colvin (Garfield Co.) 250

2. Faye Stanton (Garfield Co.) 247

3. Talya Fletes (McCone) 237

15-19 Year Old Division

1. Garren Todoroff (Custer Co.) 210

2. Grace Harrinton (Powder River Co.) 207

3. Bo Rost (Fallon Co.) 196

Top Rifle Team: Garfield

Top Overall Rifle Shooter: Levi Stanton (Garfield)

Air Pistol:

9-12 Year Old Division

1. Sean Wolenetz (Carter Co.) 311

2. Wyndi Tate (Gallatin Co.) 305

3. Cooper O’Connor (Fallon Co.) 161

13-14 Year Old Division

1. Donnie Steen (Fallon Co.) 216


Bare Bow 9-10 Year Old Division

1. Zeason Schaffer (Powder River Co.) 128

2. Rebecca Qualley (Wibaux Co.) 97

3. Becca Aye (Powder River Co.) 97

Bare Bow 11-12 Year Old Division

1. Garrett Johnson (Wibaux Co.) 200

2. Oliveah Schaffer (Powder River Co.) 159

3. Vallerie Gebhardt (Wibaux Co.) 86

Bare Bow 13-14 Year Old Division

1. Skyler Birnel (Wibaux Co.) 165

Bow Hunter 9-10 Year Old Division

1. Grayson Arithson (Powder River Co.) 260X1

2. Nicole O’Connell (Carter Co.) 206

3. Cade Erlenbusch (Carter Co.) 189

Bow Hunter 11-12 Year Old Division

1. Garrett Johnson (Wibaux Co.) 292X7

2. Kaydin Trent (Powder River Co.) 271X3

3. Sean Wolenetz (Carter Co.) 259

Bow Hunter 13-14 Year Old Division

1. Kyle Minnow (Powder River Co.) 288X11

2. Brennen Bonsell (Carter Co.) 253X3

3. Joe Lackman (Treasure Co.) 243X2

Bow Hunter 15-19 Year Old Division

1. Grace Harrington (Powder River Co.) 289X10

2. Grafton Bonsell (Carter Co.) 284X7

3. Kyleigh Bonsell (Carter Co.) 276X5

Limited 9-10 Year Old Division

1. Gus Tvedt (Wibaux Co.) 100

2. David Hecker (Wibaux Co.) 96X1

Limited 15-19 Year Old Division

1. Cristofer Green (Fallon Co.) 166

Primitive 9-10 Year Old Division

1. Gentre Coulter (Fallon Co.) 173

2. Kolton Williams (Powder River Co.) 172X3

3. Brandon Breihahn (Fallon Co.) 141

Primitive 11-12 Year Old Division

1. Zoie Rost (Fallon Co.) 137

Primitive 13-14 Year Old Division

1. Sidyn Scherman (Fallon Co) 119

Unlimited 15-19 Year Old Division

1. Jorden Jensen (Powder River Co.) 266

Top Archery Teams: Carter Co. (B. Bonsell, G. Bonsell and K. Bonsell),  Carter Co. (R. Carroll, C. Erlenbusch, E. Frye and S. Wolenetz)

Top Overall Archery Shooter: Garrett Johnson (Wibaux)