• hand-drawn gavel

    Grand Island, Nebraska
    June 20-25, 2021

  • hand-drawn gavel

    Grand Island, Nebraska
    June 20-25, 2021

  • hand-drawn gavel

    Grand Island, Nebraska
    June 20-25, 2021

  • hand-drawn gavel

    Grand Island, Nebraska
    June 20-25, 2021

  • hand-drawn gavel

    Grand Island, Nebraska
    June 20-25, 2021

  • hand-drawn gavel

    Grand Island, Nebraska
    June 20-25, 2021

  • hand-drawn gavel

    Grand Island, Nebraska
    June 20-25, 2021

  • hand-drawn gavel

    Grand Island, Nebraska
    June 20-25, 2021

  • hand-drawn gavel

    Grand Island, Nebraska
    June 20-25, 2021

  • hand-drawn gavel

    Grand Island, Nebraska
    June 20-25, 2021

Rules & Forms

Event registration is coordinated through your 4-H Shooting Sports State Coordinator or Designated Person. You can the contact information for your state's Shooting Sports coordinator at 4-hshootingsports.org.

General Rules

2021 General Rules - PDF | Doc   

Adding/Expanding Disciplines at 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships

Event Synopsis

2021 Event Synopsis - PDF | Doc 

Silhouette Range Update

The distance for all silhouette matches (Muzzleloading, Smallbore Pistol, Smallbore Rifle) will be measured in “yards” not “meters” for 2021 to accommodate available space. We will be able to offer 32 firing points this year on a temporary silhouette range located on the Cowboy Action Range at HPSP. 

New for 2021

  • Fan/Spectator Support Items – The following items will NOT be allowed as fan/spectator support items at the 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships: artificial noisemakers, (including but not limited to horns, cow bells, bells, buzzers, shakers, clickers, thunder sticks, rattles), compressed air horns/sirens, and whistles. Sportsmanship vocal cheering and support from the team are encouraged.
  • The rounded scoring apportionment percentages for the three days of competition in Hunting Skills has been changed this year as a one-year trial and will be as follows:  Wildlife ID- 11%, Wildlife Management- 11%, Hunter Skills- 12%, Map/Compass Test- 11%, Compass Courses- 11%, Decision Making/Shoot/No Shoot- 11%, Shooting- 33% (11% of each day’s score).
  • Silhouette Spotter - Each shooter may have one spotter with them on the firing line who may have a scope or binoculars to advise the shooter where shots are hitting. The spotter will also keep time and advise the shooter in a quiet voice. The spotter may not touch the shooter or the shooter’s equipment after the shooter assumes their position on the firing line. Coaches may not be Spotters. Spotters can only be a registered competitor within that event. One exception, if a Team/State only has a single shooter, then Coach/Parent/another competitor may spot for the shooter.
  • Air Pistol - These two models of Air Pistols are NOT allowed in this event due to safety reasons: Air Venturi V10 Target and Stoeger XP4.
  • Health Requirements – Please read the Health Requirements for this event in the General Rules.

Reminders for 2021

  • Ceremony Celebration – Due to possible personal injury to spectators and participants, there will be NO throwing, tossing, or discharging of any items during the opening ceremony parade of participants or during awards ceremonies. Participants are discouraged to trade state items this year.
  • In all silhouette events, only tie scores for the top 10 individuals and top 5 teams will be broken. In the event of a tie score, the score card will be reviewed and the shooter with the most Ram hits will be declared the winner.  If tie remains, then by the most Turkey hits, then most Pig hits.  If all animal hits are the same, a shoot-off on Rams will determine the winner.  The shooters will fire alternate shots until one shooter misses with the other shooter hitting the target.  Shooters will be allowed one warmup shot with their spotter prior to firing their first tie breaker.
  • Coaches and participants are reminded to check their specific discipline section in this Synopsis for NGB version of rules that will be implemented this year.
  • Equipment check-in is scheduled for Sunday only, from 4-8 p.m. No equipment check-in is scheduled for Monday. Each discipline will have designated entry and exit doors for check-in. See the 2021 schedule.
  • Food and drink may be brought to the Heartland Public Shooting Park, but NO food or drink may be brought into the Heartland Events Center or the Pinnacle Bank Expo Center.  Food vendors will be available at the Heartland Public Shooting Park and the Pinnacle Bank Expo Center.
  • The Heartland Public Shooting Park allows use of 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 for the week. Carts are available on a first come, first serve basis.  Operators of all vehicles, including privately owned, at the Heartland Public Shooting Park must be 18 years of age or older and hold a valid driver’s license. Violation of this rule is grounds for disqualification for any individual or team involved.
  • No golf carts, ATV’s, club cars or similar vehicles will be allowed on the 3D and field archery ranges during competition.  
  • Nebraska will be using the Kongsberg Scoring System for two of the Air Rifle events and one Air Pistol event. The Orion scoring system will be used to score the Air Pistol Single Shot - Rapid Fire event.
  • All shotguns used by contestants must be equipped, fitted and utilized (i.e., shell catcher) so as not to eject empty shells in a manner that substantially disturbs or interferes with other contestants.
  • Shotgun events on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will start at 9 a.m.
  • Competitors are limited to checking in a maximum of three firearms or bows during the official equipment check-in period. Chief Range Officers may verify a backup firearm or archery equipment, if needed, on the practice range.
  • Smallbore rifle, smallbore pistol, and muzzleloading will all shoot the same distances for silhouettes - 40 yards, 60 yards, 77 yards, and 100 yards.
  • All arrows brought to Archery Check-in table on Sunday, must be stored in a quiver or a storage container.
  • Hunting Skills participants must check-in all their equipment including their shotgun.
  • Non-verbal coaching is permitted in air rifle (Rule 5.2.2), provided it does not disturb other competitors. Except for coaching permitted in Rules 5.2.1, other forms of coaching or communication such as talking or the use of electronic communications between a competitor and coach while the competitor is on the firing line are prohibited.  

Hunting Skills

Check-In Procedure

All shooting equipment, except Shotgun, and supplies must be inspected at the Check-in Station on Sunday at the designated times and locations listed on the Schedule. Shotgun participants DO NOT need to check-in their guns or equipment prior to competing. No equipment check-in scheduled for Monday. Equipment may be checked at any time before, during, or following competition to ensure compliance with the event rules.

Participants should open and print their respective discipline check-in sheet below. Complete the requested information and bring TWO copies of their form with them to their discipline Check-in Station at Nationals or follow the email directions on the form, if provided. This will enable crews to inspect and process your equipment in a timely manner. Thanks for your cooperation.

Discipline Information 

Archery Rules

For questions about this program or the information on this page, please contact: