Six Hettinger county 4-H Youth attended the ND 4-H Shotgun Invitational in Bismarck on Saturday, August 12, 2017. It was the culmination for the participants of the 4-H summer shooting sports program in Hettinger County. Four of the five families stayed overnight in Mandan on Friday evening as both sportsman/sportswoman and their parents needed to arrive to the site for registration first thing Saturday morning. The participants were able to practice shots prior to beginning the contest.
By Christina Hansen
Hettinger County Extension
Hettinger County registered two different age divisions this year. There were five senior division members, Alora Warner, Michael Mayer, Teddy Mayer, Jamison Johnson, and Kaden Auch. There was one junior division member, Jakob Friedt. Shooting events started in the rain, but it stopped not too long after the participants started to shoot. Members of the Capital City Gun club were officials and scorers. They were extremely nice to all whom participated and were very helpful.
Shooting started at 9 am. All Hettinger County 4-H’ers shot trap. In the junior division – Individual, Jakob Friedt placed 2nd overall with a score of 44 out of 50. He was on a junior division team with members from Mercer County and they placed 2nd overall with a score of 111. In the senior division – Individual, Teddy Mayer placed 4th overall with a score of 94 out of 100 and Michael Mayer placed 6th with a score of 92 out of 100. The senior division team placed 2nd overall with a score of 267.
None of our county 4-Her’s had ever shot sporting clays or skeet before, but this year, Teddy Mayer, Jamison Johnson and Kaden Auch went through the course to give it a try. They found the course to be quite challenging, but a lot of fun. Their scores did not qualify for placement, but they are encouraged to practice next season and return with more experience next year.
The Hettinger County 4-H Shooting Sports Program has been a great opportunity for youth to hone their hunting, target skills, and have a lot of safe family fun.