The North Dakota 4-H state shotgun tournament was held August 10 at Capital City Gun Club in Bismarck. Participating were 56 4-H members from across the state in junior and senior divisions.
The contest is a total of 200 shots in the senior division. Senior competition consists of 100 trap shots where targets are launched from a single “house” or machine, generally away from the shooter. Sporting clay shots consisting of 50 shots, is a form of clay pigeon shooting, often described as “golf with a shotgun” because a typical course includes from 10 to 15 different shooting stations laid out over natural terrain. And finally skeet which consists of 50 skeet shots where the shooter attempts to break clay targets mechanically flung into the air from two fixed stations at high speed from a variety of angles.
Junior competition has 50 shots for trap and the same as the seniors for the other competition categories.
The Hettinger County team of Jamison Johnson, Ayden Kautzman, Adam Kautzman, Kaden Auch, and Jacob Friedt placed 2nd overall in the senior division missing first place team by 5 shots. Individual placings were Jamison Johnson in 4th and Ayden Kautzman in 7th overall. Jonathin Friedt placed 7th overall in the junior division.
The tournament finishes the shooting sports season for North Dakota 4-H. The team wishes to express their gratitude to their coaches, Todd Kautzman, James Johnson, and Steve Sloan. They would also like to say thank you to their sponsors M.O.T.T. and ND.