2014 Maryland State 4-H Shotgun Tournament

MNCPPC Prince George’s County Shooting Center, Glenn Dale, MD


The culmination of our annual Howard County 4-H Gun Club shotgun program is the October Shooting Sports Tournament.  This year Howard County placed one advanced senior, five seniors and five intermediates into the competition.  Nine Maryland County 4-H Clubs were represented and 98 youth participated in trap, skeet and sporting clays.  When the smoke cleared, the top five competitors move-on to represent the State of Maryland 4-H in the National competitions.


Now out onto the circuit.


Score-keeper Paul with senior Howard County 4-H’ers Patrick, Donnie, Gordon, and then sitting, Eric, Cuan and Emily.


Carter tags a high flyer from an elevated stand.


Mason too, connects with a high crosser, being patient to track the clay as it descends.


Josh tracks his clay as the orange dome intermixes with the dappled autumn leaves and flecks of bright sunlight in the backdrop.


Gregory winds-up (call point) and then un-winds (strike point) just prior to calling the clay as he makes an assumption as to where he will strike his target.  His un-wind point is his proposed point of impact.


This is a great station, with two outgoing left and right shots from an elevated platform.  Carson swings left and then hard right to take down a combo of fast flyers!


I put trail cameras out at three sporting clays stations.  It’s quite a different perspective to get a photo, more or less out in front of the shooter.  In this photo Donnie tracks his clay.

It was a great day in the field.  Attached as a PDF file are the scores of the 2014 tournament.  Congratulations to all of our shooters, and what a fantastic example of youth recreation, promoting the safe and responsible use of firearms and the shooting sports.  Thank you to all of our fellow certified instructors and volunteer parents.


On a side note, check out the following article from last week’s Baltimore Sun of our Howard County 4-H Gun Club senior archer Matthew Bitner-Parrish: