4-H shooting sports a targeted success

The Carter County 4-H Shooting Stars hosted their sixth annual Invitational Shoot on Feb. 2, 2019 at the Fallon County Indoor Shooting Range and Fallon County Exhibit Hall. There were 89 4-H youth from Carter, Custer, Fallon, Powder River, Rosebud/Treasure, Musselshell, Wibaux Counties and Pennington Co., SD 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 six 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.

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.

Air Rifle:

9-10 Year Old Division

1. Danica Gamble (Rosebud/Treasure Co.) 199

2. Reuben Kinzer (Powder River Co.) 186

3. Kaylie McCaffree (Rosebud/Treasure Co.) 168

11-12 Year Old Division

1. Lilly Harris (Rosebud/Treasure Co.) 221

2. Paige Shaw (Custer Co.) 163

3. Ridge Miller (Custer Co.) 162

13-14 Year Old Division

1. Breelyn McCaffree (Rosebud/Treasure Co.) 230

2. Garrett Johnson (Wibaux Co.) 229

3. Adisyn Gamble (Rosebud/Treasure) 217

15-19 Year Old Division

1. Talen Miller (Custer Co.) 223

2. Sidny Scherman (Fallon Co.) 217

3. Wade Pulver (Custer Co) 194

Top Rifle Team: Rosebud/Treasure Co.  (L. Harris, B. McCaffree, A. Gamble)  Custer Co. (T. Miller, C. Blankenship, R. Phipps)

Top Overall Rifle Shooter: Breelyn McCaffree (Rosebud/Treasure)

Air Pistol:

9-12 Year Old Division

1. Cooper Nansel (Custer Co.) 335

2. Tylee Huft (Custer Co.) 328

3. Paige Shaw (Custer Co.) 321

13-14 Year Old Division

1. Cadence Shaw (Custer Co.) 306

2. Cole Rost (Fallon Co.) 292

3. Cadence Blankenship (Custer Co.) 266

15-19 Year Old Division

1. Aspen Pulver (Custer Co.) 230

2. Sidny Scherman (Fallon Co.) 227

3. Wade Pulver (Custer Co.) 185

Top Pistol Team: Custer Co. (C. Nansel, C. Blankenship, P. Shaw)  Fallon Co. (K. Olsen, C. Rost, S. Johnson)

Top Overall Pistol Shooter: Cooper Nansel (Custer)


Bare Bow 9-10 Year Old Division

1. Darren VerWolf (Powder River Co.) 217

2. Justin Aye (Powder River Co.) 102

Bare Bow 11-12 Year Old Division

1. Zeason Schaffer (Powder River Co.) 234

2. Logan Scherman (Fallon Co.) 201

3. Riggin Schaffer (Powder River Co) 156

Bare Bow 13-14 Year Old Division

1. Oliveah Schaffer (Powder River Co.) 219X1

2. Garrett Johnson (Wibaux Co.) 219

Bare Bow 15-19 Year Old Division

1. Skyler Birnel (Wibaux Co.) 231

Bow Hunter 9-10 Year Old Division

1. Trevin Lecoe (Fallon Co.) 239X2

2. Rylan Carroll (Carter Co.) 227X1

3. Chace Loehding (Carter Co.) 226X1

Bow Hunter 11-12 Year Old Division

1. Emalee Vickers (Musselshell Co.) 284X7

2. Cassie Chambliss (Pennington Co) 281X9

3. Grayson Arithson (Powder River Co) 277X5

Bow Hunter 13-14 Year Old Division

1. Garrett Johnson (Wibaux Co.) 299X18

2. Dillon Birnel (Wibaux Co.) 288X10

3. Kaydin Trent (Powder River Co)275X2

Bow Hunter 15-19 Year Old Division

1. Kyle Minow (Powder River Co.) 288X12

2. Grafton Bonsell (Carter Co.) 281X6

3. Brennen Bonsell (Carter Co.) 281X6

Limited 11-12 Year Old Division

1. David Hecker (Wibaux Co.) 194X1

2. Becca Aye (Powder River Co.) 191

Limited 15-19 Year Old Division

1. Kyle Minow (Powder River Co.) 209X1

Primitive 9-10 Year Old Division

1. Reuben Kinzer (Powder River Co.) 136

2. Clay Rost (Fallon Co.) 82

3. Augustine Rios (Fallon Co.) 77

Primitive 11-12 Year Old Division

1. Anthony Rios (Fallon Co.) 180

2. Kolton Williams (Powder River Co.) 170

3. Logan Scherman (Fallon Co.) 160

Unlimited 11-12 Year Old Division

1. Emalee Vickers (Musselshell Co) 274X5

Top Archery Teams: Powder River Co. (K. Minow, K. Trent, G. Arithson),  Carter Co. (C. Laughery, B. Bonsell, G. Bonsell)

Top Overall Archery Shooter: Garrett Johnson (Wibaux)