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4-H Shooting Sports event teaches safety and marksmanship

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WATERLOO (KWWL) Black Hawk County 4-H members got in some target practice at Turkey Foot Longrifle Saturday morning. It's part of a national shooting sports program that started more than 30 years ago, but just started two years ago in Black Hawk County.

Nine-year-old Edie Worthington is a natural when it comes to shooting an air rifle.

"I want to learn new things because my uncle and I have a lot of relatives that go hunting," said Edie Worthington.

This is her first time participating in the 4-H Shooting Sports event. Organizers said the monthly event teaches marksmanship but also helps build confidence.

"Within the first session, we usually have them shooting right where they want to hit. That's not just something that makes adults feel good, that makes kids feel great," said instructor Bob Livingston.

Edie Worthington's confidence is sky-high. She got a bulls eye in her first five shots.

But, before the shooters set their sights on the target, they go through 20 minutes of safety training.

"They teach you how to be safe with guns so you don't have accidents with people," said 11-year-old Shane Karkosh.

Volunteer instructors work with the 4-H members. Most of the instructors have military and/or police backgrounds.

With the instructor's help, a quarter size target is no match for Edie Worthington.

All the materials are provided at the range. Kids can bring their own firearms but not ammunition.

"We have all the ammunition. They only meet the ammo at the firing line with an instructor. That means in more than 30 years this has been going on nationwide, there's never been a serious accident," said Randy Herod.

Besides air rifles, 4-H members can work their way up to 22's, shotguns, muzzle loaders and even archery.

To participate in the 4-H Shooting Sports, you must be in 4-H, nine years old and in fourth grade. For more information contact the Black Hawk County Extension Office.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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