Shooting Sports events
State team tryouts


Tryouts for team 2018

The selection process for the nine state shooting teams begins this fall after the completion of the state shoot. 4-H youth selected for the state shooting teams will represent Missouri 4-H at the National Invitational Match to be held June 24 - June 29 in Grand Island, Nebraska. Any 4-H Shooting Sports member who is in good standing with their county program, enrolled in the appropriate project number and at least 14 years old (must be 14 years old by December 31, 2017) may participate in the selection process. If numbers and space allows, 13-year-olds may participate for the experience, but are not eligible for the state team. Nearly all of the team selection process is comprised of multiple try out dates  Each team has a unique process and may have unique pre-registration due date, so read carefully. Written pre-registration is required with payment. Telling the state instructor does not qualify for pre-registration.

The pre-Registration form can be found at the bottom of the page. 

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Pre-registration cost:  

$20 fee for 1st team tryouts, $10 for additional team try out.
Late entries (after due date) and walk-ins will be accepted for an additional $15 late fee ($35 total)

Tryout events:

The events shot at the try-outs may be different than state shoot events and definitely different than county events. Please familiarize yourself with the national 4-H shooting events. A PDF document for an event synopsis can be found in the supplemental materials at the bottom of this page. 

If selected, the youth must commit to participating in the national contest. Youth selected should be prepared for some financial obligations (most costs are provided) and be committed to practice with other team members and coach prior to the national.

NOTE:  A 4-H member may try out for more than one team. But when that team selection matches conclude, if the shooter’s scores qualifies for the team then he or she must decide at that time whether or not to be on that team. Shooters cannot continue the tryout process once selected to a team.
Remember, many state team members are not extremely skilled when they try out; the competition is not fierce. Don’t wait until you’re “good enough”; come and try out. If you don’t make the team this year, you will be much better prepared for next year. 

Equipment, ammunition and shooting supplies:  Provided by the shooter.

Youth are responsible for providing their own firearms or archery equipment and arrows/ammunition. Please refer to the event synopsis of these events. The synopsis is available from your extension center or from the Missouri 4-H Shooting Sports website.

State Team Selection Process:

The four individuals with the highest applicable scores will be given the opportunity to represent Missouri as a state team member. The fifth highest scorer will be selected as an alternate, but will only attend the national match if one of the four cannot.  An individual may only try out for 1 discipline per day. Those not making a team on that day are welcome to try for another team during following tryouts but must notify if trying for another team. 

Selection of team members will be announced at the conclusion of the last in the series of try-outs.  Selected team members and parents are to remain for an orientation, questions and answers, and planning period to get acquainted, meet coaches, and arrange practices and travel arrangements.
Meals and lodging:

During tryouts, meals and lodging are on your own.
Financial requirements for state team members:  

A $145 good faith deposit will be expected at the time of team selection. Team members will also be asked to participate in other efforts to raise funds for the state teams,such as raffle tickets. If enough funds are raised, a portion of the deposit will be distributed back to the team members. If you are not ready to make this commitment, please do not sign up for the state qualifier. Team members may solicit local funding and contributions to subsidize their expense. Many county 4-H councils will contribute to participants in national events. Please check with your local 4-H staff person for advice and guidance. Parents are encouraged to make the National match a family vacation and attend with their child.
Missouri 4-H Shooting Sports Commitment to teams and coaches — If fundraising efforts are successful (as anticipated), the Missouri Shooting Sports program will pay the registration fee and lodging for team members and coaches and provide several meals. Historically, most parents travel as a family to the national match to observe their child. If parents cannot go, then other travel arrangements will be made for that team member.



Pre-Registration due by October 1

4 dates – Must shoot at least 3 to qualify.  

All dates:

  • 9:30       Check-in and squad assignments
  • 10:00 a.m.       Shooting begins

Lowest score of each event dropped, if you participate in more than 3.

  • October 22nd at St. Louis Trap & Skeet Club
  • November 5th at Powder Creek Shooting Park 
  • November 26th at Pin Oak Hill Sporting Clays 
  • December 10th at United Sportsman Club 

50 Trap, 50 Skeet, 50 Sporting Clays each dates

Shooters must provide their own shells and are responsible for cost of clay targets.  Will shoot 50 targets each of Trap, Skeet, Sporting Clays on each date. 


State Team Tryout Results

Pre-Registration due by August 25

All Dates:

  • Prairie Grove Shotgun Sports in Columbia, MO
  • Check-in: 8:00 - 8:45 a.m.
  • Shooting Begins: 9:00 a.m.

Compound and Recurve shooters try-out at the same time, all archery shooters will try out on the following dates over 3 different weekends. You must participate in at least 2 of the 3 weekends.

  • September 9th - 10th
  • September 30th - October 1st
  • October 21st - 22nd

The type of shooting will be split over the weekend as follows:

  • Saturday: 3D & Field  
  • Sunday: FITA  

If you shoot all 3 weekends, the low score in each event will be dropped.  Best 2 out of 3 scores used to determine state team. 


Smallbore Rifle (.22)

State Team Tryout Results

Pre-Registration due by September 15

All dates:

  • September 30th
  • Prairie Grove Shotgun Sports in Columbia, Mo
  • Check-in: 8:30 a.m.

Will shoot 2 events:  CMP Rimfire Sporter & 3-P. NO Silhouette.


Pre-Registration due by September 15

All dates:

  • Prairie Grove Shotgun Sports in Columbia, Mo
  • Check-in: 8:30 a.m.

There are 3 days for tryouts and 2 out 3 scores count.

  • October 1st
  • October 15th
  • October 29th

Will only shoot 2 events for try-outs:  

  • 50 yd. Bulls-eye
  • 25 yd. Novelty target (Bottles & Critters)
    • No steel silhouette match for the try-outs.

Smallbore Pistol (.22)  

Pre-Registration due by September 15

All dates:

  • Saline County Fairgrounds in Marshall, MO
  • Check-in: 8:30 a.m.

There are 3 days for tryouts and you must shoot at least 2.  If you participate in all 3 dates the lowest score will be dropped.

  • September 30th
  • October 15th
  • October 21st


  • Slow-fire bulls-eye  - optics OK;    
  • Modified Camp Perry – slow, timed, rapid – iron sights only
    • No steel silhouette match in the try-outs.

Air Rifle



  • 3 Position - Sporter Air Rifle - and 40 shots.    
  • All Standing – 40 shots.
    • No silhouettes at try-outs.

Air Pistol

Pre-Registration due by September 15

All dates:

  • Saline County Fairgrounds in Marshall, MO
  • Check-in: 8:30 a.m.

There are 3 days for tryouts and you must shoot at least 2.  If you participate in all 3 dates the lowest score will be dropped.

  • October 1st
  • October 15th
  • October 22nd


  • 10 meter Bulls-eye – slow fire only.  You will shoot the event twice each day and we will drop the lowest score.


Hunting Skills

State Team Tryout Results

Pre-Registration due by December 1

  • Prairie Grove Shotgun Sports in Columbia, MO
  • Check-in: 9:30 a.m.

There is only one day for tryouts, and it is held on December 9th.

Selection process will consist of: 

  • Comprehensive written test over topics covered at the national event, including habitat management, map reading, outdoor skills, ballistics, optics, etc. 
  • Wildlife Identification -  furs, skulls, tracks, scat, etc.
  • Compass course is now part of state try-out and  will be part of national.  No shooting at state try-out, but will be required to shoot bow, shotgun, and .22 rifle at national.  

Suggested study materials

  • NRA Hunters Guide; Federal Ammunition Wildlife Guides (Big Game, Small Game, Upland Birds, Waterfowl); 
  • Waterfowl ID Website


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