Approximately 729 youth from 42 states will convene in Grand Island from June 25-30 for the 2023 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships. The event will feature competitions across nine shooting sports disciplines, including compound archery, recurve archery, air rifle, air pistol, .22 rifle, .22 pistol, shotgun, muzzleloading, and hunting skills.
Fourteen Nebraska 4-H members are set to compete at this year's event. The shotgun team is coached by Larry Kotrous and includes:
- Hunter Isabell, Lancaster County
- Blake Byerly, Knox County
- Caden Ost, York County
- Jacob Smith, Knox County
The .22 rifle team, coached by Jennifer Thomsen, includes:
- Aubrie Birkel, Custer County
- Sara Thomsen, Pierce County
- Matthew Koehlmoos, Holt County
- Riata Remund, Custer County
The compound archery team is coached by Matt Carmin and includes:
- Ashton Koch, Pierce County
- Dylan Naslund, Cherry County
- Riley Peterson, Lancaster County
The hunting skills team, coached by Ross Rote, includes:
- Korryn Beberniss, Garden County
- Kyle Rote, Garden County
- Parker Walahoski, Dawson County
The 4-H shooting sports program focuses on the total development of its members. The activities are utilized as a vehicle for human growth and development. With support from caring adult leaders, youth develop life skills, self-worth, and conservation ethics in addition to shooting sports skills and knowledge, such as marksmanship, the safe and responsible use of firearms, and the principles of hunting and archery.
The 2023 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships is coordinated and hosted by Nebraska 4-H and the National 4-H Shooting Sports Committee. For more information, visit 4h.unl.edu/shooting-sports/national.