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Welcome to the New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Website!


Thank You All! 

We wish to extend our sincere appreciation to everyone who helped make the 16th Annual New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Banquet & Auction Event on April 25, 2015 an outstanding success.  We are deeply grateful to all our attendees, donors, sponsors, contributors, volunteers and staff for their enthusiastic and unending support - thank you all, we cannot do it without you!

 ~Honoring Our Veterans~

A special moment from the 2015 Banquet & Auction Event - NYS 4-H Shooting Sports Director, Bill Schwerd (R) presents Guest of Honor, Sgt. Gerald Esposito, Purple Heart Recipient and Wounded Warriors in Action Recipient/Representative (L) a Canal Street Cutlery Red, White & Blue NYS4-HSS Knife of the Year


Wally Gardiner, President, Canal Street Cutlery (L), Sgt. Gerald Esposito, Guest of Honor (M) and Dr. Keith Tidball, Cornell University NYS4-HSS Liaison & Department of Natural Resources Team Leader for the Military Families Learning Network (R) at the 2015 New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Banquet & Auction Event on April 25, Towers Hall, Fort William Henry Hotel & Conference Center in Lake George, NY


For our 2015 Event, New York State 4-H Shooting Sports brought together the art and inspiration of following newly named, and past, New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Artists of the Year in a very special tribute in honor of our Veterans for their service and sacrifice.

2015 Named Artists of the Year:
Jeff Carminati - Individual
Baron Technology - Industry
Canal Street Cutlery - Industry
Henry Repeating Arms - Industry
Freedom Hunters - Military/Veteran Outreach
Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation - Military/Veteran Outreach 

Contributing Past Artists:
Lynn & Charlie Escher, Studio in the Pines - 2014
Richard Johnson - 2009  
Brian Ruth - 2012

With Our Sincere Thanks from Everyone at New York State 4-H Shooting Sports!

Photos from the 2015 Banquet & Auction Event will be online soon!




Seneca County to Increase 4-H Shooting Sports Programming

Bill and AVe

NYS 4-H Shooting Sports Director, Bill Schwerd (left) and Ave Bader (right), Executive Director of Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension, discuss the announcement that Seneca County is dedicating significant staff time in a major effort to broaden 4-H Shooting Sports, at the recent 2015 Winter Instructor Training in Ballston Spa, NY.

Schwerd sees Seneca County as a regional hub with the potential growth in the coming year to introduce many more interested youth and adults to the statewide New York program.

An important announcement regarding this NYS4-HSS expansion will be forthcoming!


NYS 4-H Shooting Sports
On Target with Positive Youth Development!

In 2013, New York State firearms law and its corresponding regulations underwent significant revision.  The confusion and misinformation that followed these statutory changes prompted one pro-firearms blogger to state that youth firearms safety education and marksmanship programs were doomed - he even went on to say that 4-H Shooting Sports (among other programs) was dead.  He could not have been more wrong!   

The New York State 4-H Shooting Sports program entered a new era when it passed the 20,000 youth participant mark in 2010 and we have continued to grow in numbers now averaging over 28,500 youth state-wide participants for each of the past three years.  Steady growth, supported by two very successful annual Instructor Trainings that reached between 150-200 instructors per year, has reinforced important programs that continue to develop and expand.  Such trainings have also enabled new programs to become established in many New York counties that either did not previously have a program or whose program had once gone dormant.

In 2014, eight NYS 4-H Shooting Sports instructors attended a National 4-H Shooting Sports training in order to bring back the newest training information and curriculum outlines to the New York program. Also in 2014, NYS 4-H Shooting Sports Director, Bill Schwerd and Assistant Director, John Bowe, sat down for a pivotal meeting at Cornell University with Dr. Keith Tidball, our faculty-liaison at Cornell, Andy Turner, NYS 4-H Director, and Karen Ferris and Jamie Ferris of PW Wood Insurance to discuss how to make the NYS 4-H Shooting Sports Program both stronger and more compliant overall.  This meeting led to a staff driven re-write of the Financial Office Resource Management (FORM) Code applicable to the NYS 4-H Shooting Sports Program and has resulted in a much clearer and more specific outline that balances our program with the NYS Penal Code. 

As of early 2015, there are over one hundred instructors registered for the NYS 4-H Shooting Sports Winter Training.  In addition, three counties have already undergone refresher training and other counties are lining up to do the same.  Finally, in January 2015, John Bowe, NYS4-HSS Assistant Director, was elected to the National 4-H Shooting Sports Committee and assigned as the liaison for the Evaluation Sub-Committee.  

Brace yourself … we’re still growing!


John Bowe Receives IHEA Award

Congratulations to New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Assistant Director, John Bowe, for being the recipient of an International Hunter Education Association (IHEA) Champion of Hunter Education Award for his outstanding efforts and work in the Hunter Education field! 

John’s award is featured in the IHEA Hunter & Shooting Sports Education 2014 Fall issue on page 33, please click here to access the article.  













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