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One of the most important skills when it comes to pheasant hunting is marksmanship. It is no surprise then that often the best hunters are also good shots.

Early in September, a Yankton County 4-H member gave proof of his shooting skills by being placed first in a shotgun shooting skills competition.

Nathan List was awarded the top spot in the senior division of the sporting clays at the State 4-H Shoot in Mitchell. He faced tough competition from 249 other attending members who made the journey from across South Dakota.

The competition is considered to be very similar to hunting live birds. The National Sporting Clays Association website states that the competition is designed to approximate some of the challenges hunters will have while out in the field; “Rather than having clay birds thrown from standardized distances and angles as with skeet or trap, sporting clay courses are designed to simulate the hunting of ducks, pheasants, other upland birds and even rabbits”.

However, there are also competitions for trap and skeet divisions at the State 4-H Shoots.

Randy Hummel, the 4-H club leader, states he is proud to watch the Yankton County 4-H Shooting Sports team compete. “The team all shot very well and had a great time at the event,” he said after the event.

It is only through donations and sponsorships that club members can participate in competitions and other events. One generous group, The South Dakota National Wild Turkey Federation, awarded the club $1,000. These funds will be used to educate and encourage interest in shooting, shooting accuracy and gun safety across shooting disciplines.

The club has a wide range of shooting opportunities available. For instance, club members can also practice their marksmanship in archery.

Are you a member of a 4-H shooting sports club? Do you attend any shooting events?

Let us know in the comments below.


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