• hand-drawn gavel

    Grand Island, Nebraska
    June 21-26, 2020

  • hand-drawn gavel

    Grand Island, Nebraska
    June 21-26, 2020

  • hand-drawn gavel

    Grand Island, Nebraska
    June 21-26, 2020

  • hand-drawn gavel

    Grand Island, Nebraska
    June 21-26, 2020

  • hand-drawn gavel

    Grand Island, Nebraska
    June 21-26, 2020

This event has been canceled!

The National 4-H Shooting Sports Committee has had the 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships on their minds since the outbreak of COVID-19. Having given much thought and consideration to existing circumstances, the National Committee has made the decision to cancel the 2020 National Championships.

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

2020 General Rules - PDF | Doc   

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

Event Synopsis

2020 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 2019 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 2020

  • 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).

Reminders for 2020

  • 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 will be allowed to trade state items during the Teen Social event.
  • In all silhouette events, only tie scores for the top 10 individuals and top 5 teams will be broken. In the event of a tied 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.
  • 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. The request must be made by May 1, 2020 to guarantee availability. 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 this year’s 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 - 10 chickens at 40 yards, 10 pigs at 60 yards, 10 turkeys at 77 yards, 10 rams at 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 of 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: