National Championships


The 2016 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships will be held June 26 - July 1 in Grand Island, Nebraska at the Heartland Public Shooting Park. The event is hosted by Nebraska 4-H. 4-H youth from across the country will compete in compound archery, recurve archery, air rifle, air pistol, .22 rifle, .22 pistol, shotgun, muzzleloading, and hunting skills.

The 2016 Welcome Packet - pdf | doc  -  Now Available!

Airline & Car Rental

The Central Nebraska Regional Airport is located north of Grand Island, approximately 15 minutes from Fonner Park. Please check their website for flight information at:

Car rental is available at the airport. Thrifty Car Rental has provided the following rates for the 2016 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships:

Daily Rates

  • Midsize - $41/day
  • Fullsize - $45/day

Weekly Rates

  • Midsize - $219/week
  • Fullsize - $239/week



The Grand Island area offers hotels to fit every budget. Call the Hotel Hotline at 800-658-3178 and they'll help you find a room that fits your needs or download the Grand Island Lodging document complete with addresses and phone numbers of area hotels and campgrounds.

Hotel Phone Cost Total Rooms
America's Best Value Inn
3021 S Locust St
308-384-4100 $ 104
Best Western Inn & Suites
2707 S Locust St
877-31-8273 $$$ 80
Boarders Inn & Suites
3333 Ramada Rd
308-384-5150 $$ 182
Comfort Inn
3535 W State St
308-381-7788 $$ 68
Days Inn
2620 Diers Ave
308-384-8624 $$$ 61
Days In I-80
7838 S Hwy 281
866-384-5006 $$ 47
Fairfield Inn & Suites
805 Allen Dr
308-381-8980 $$$ 105
Hampton Inn
504 N Diers Ave
800-426-7866 $$$ 68
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
3404 W Faidley Ave
308-675-1118 $$$ 80
Hotel Grand Island Conference Center
2503 S Locust St
308-548-5542 $$$ 197
Island Inn
231 S Locust St
800-646-6869 $ 44
MainStays Suites
2311 S Locust St
308-382-9280 $$ 58
Motel 6
7301 Bosselman Ave
308-384-6666 $ 51
Pam's Value Inn
2107 W 2nd St
308-390-2163 $ 38
Quality Inn & Conference Center
7838 S Hwy 281
800-658-4092 $$ 161
Relax Inn
507 West 2nd St
800-285-1000 $ 28
Resident Suites
2114 W 2nd St
800-285-2240 $ 96
Rodeway Inn
3205 S Locust St
800-766-1706 $$ 60
Sleep Inn
1716 Diers Ave
308-381-8111 $$ 63
Super 8
2603 S Locust St
308-384-4380 $$ 79
1311 S Locust St
877-779-5823 $$ 40
USA Inns of America
7501 S Hwy 281
800-658-4096 $ 61
Wood River Motel
I-80 Exit 300
308-583-2256 $ 26

RV & Camping

Campgrounds Phone Pads Hookups
Bader Memorial Park
898 Bader Park Rd (Chapman)
308-986-2522 24 Yes
Cheyenne State Recreation Area
I-80 Exit 300
n/a n/a n/a
Hall County Park
3138 W Schimmer Dr
308-385-5087 19 Yes
Grand Island KOA
I-80 Ext 318
800-562-0850 62 Yes
Heartland Public Shooting Park
6788 W Husker Hwy
308-385-5048 9 Yes
Mormon Island SRA
I-80 and Hwy 281
35 Yes
Wood River Campground
I-80 Exit 300, Wood River
308-583-2256 30 Yes

Fonner Park, 308-382-4515 - Campsite Registration Form 
Reserve a space by contacting  Kathy Foley, email address (Kathryn.foley@aol.comor by phone (308-382-4515 ext. 213). The fee will be $30.00/night and must be made in advance. Space will be provided on a "reservation first" basis only. They will need to provide the nights they need reserved along with their permanent mailing address and phone number. Payment will be made to Fonner Park and mailed to PO Box 490, Grand Island, NE 68802.  

Places to Eat

Dine around the world in Grand Island, from meat and potatoes to international cuisine. You'll find stone oven pizza, gourmet burgers, Nebraska steaks, homemade pies and old-fashioned malts. Relax and enjoy award winning Nebraska wines and specialty coffees. Most of these food venues are within 10 minutes of the Heartland Events Center. Learn more.


Action Shots

There will be photographers on site capturing daily shooting events. Every attempt will be made to upload the photographs to the 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships web site at on a nightly basis.

State Team Pictures

Each state team will have an opportunity to have their team photograph taken at the Heartland Events Center on Monday, June 27. The photographs will be available on the4-H Shooting Sports National Championships website. The schedule for team pictures is as follows:

  • 3:00-4:00 pm State team pictures for states beginning with letters A-M
  • 4:00-4:45 pm State team pictures for states beginning with letters N-S
  • 6:15-7:00 pm State team pictures for states beginning with letters T-W

Teams should plan on arriving 10-15 minutes before their appointed time.

Range Accessibility

The Heartland Public Shooting Park allows use fo golf carts, ATV's, club cars and similar vehicles on site. Individuals can rent two seat golf carts from the Heartland Public Shooting Park for a fee of $50 per day. There are no half day rentals. Contact the Heartland Public Shooting Park (308-385-5048) directly if you are interested in renting a golf cart. This request must be made by May 6, 2016 to guarantee availability. Operators of all vehicles at the Heartland Public Shooting Park must be 18 years of age or older and hold a valid driver's license. Violations of this rule is ground for disqualification for any individual or team involved. No golf carts, ATV's, club cars or similar vehicle will be allowed on the 3D and Field Archery ranges during competition this year.

Equipment Repair

Equipment Repair:  PDF File  | Word File  

Gun Repair

  • Wade Bentley - Cairo NE  (308) 379-6635 (cell)
  • Darlo Beasley - Grand Island (308) 382-9573 - GI Loan
  • Boops Shooters - Grand Island (308) 675-1745 or (605) 261-9322 (cell)
  • Top Arms - Grand Island (308) 381-2755

Black Powder Gun Repair

  • Bob Watts - Cedar Rapids NE (308) 750-9000 (cell) Repairs only made in Cedar Rapids
  • Top Arms - Grand Island (308) 381-2755

Gun Stores

  • Boops Shooters, 924 Concord Ave., Grand Island (308) 675-1745
  • G.I. Loan Shop, Inc, 1004 W 2nd St., Grand Island (308) 382-9573
  • Old Market Firearms, 713 West 1st St., Hastings (402) 461-4527
  • Old West Guns, 924 Central Ave., Kearney (308) 237-7900
  • Top Arms,  2401 E Hwy 30, Grand Island (308) 381-2755

Arrows & Supplies

  • Bass Pro Shop @ Allen's Superstore, 1115 W 2nd St., Hastings (402) 463-5633
  • Archery Dynamics, 4387 E Hadco Rd., Hastings (402) 984-4573

Teen Social

Teen Social

Silent Auction

The popular silent auction will be held on Wednesday evening, June 29. All states are invited to donate at least one item representing their state to put on the auction. This could be a gift basket, t-shirt, hat or any item that is appropriate for an auction. Please turn items into the Registration Desk by 6:00 p.m. on Monday, June 27. Or items can be shipped to arrive in Grand Island after June 15th. Address shipping label to read – Fonner Park, Attn: National 4-H Shooting Sports/D. Willey, 700 E. Stolley Park Road, Grand Island, NE 68801.

Hornady Tours

Groups are invited to tour the Hornady plant while in Grand Island in June for the 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships.  Tours will be conducted at 8:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday - Thursday (June 27-30). Sorry, but no tours are available on Friday. Reservations are required, as these slots fill up quick and they only have a limited amount of guides available.

Contact Dannielle Garcia (308-382-1390 ext. 290) directly to make a reservation or if you have any questions. 

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