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Douglas County participants perform well at the Minnesota 4-H State Shooting Sports and Wildlife Invitational

Almost 600 youth 4-H members were in Alexandria this fall to compete in the invite.

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Douglas County archery participants in the Minnesota 4-H State Shooting Sports & Wildlife Invitational include, back row, left to right, Hudson Wurster, Josie Schaffran, Isabella Wilson, Kaitlyn Seibel, Gavin Engelbrecht, Jackson Engelbrecht, coach Dan Gates; middle row, Josefina Wilson, Jaylin Hennen, Hattie Gates, Aubrey Wolf, Aiden Cable-Muyres, Jameson Wurster, Lauren Gates, Nathan Engelbrecht; and front row, Bentley Wittmer. Not pictured is Aidyn Meissner, Ethan Wittmer, and coach Dan'elle Wittmer.
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ALEXANDRIA — Alexandria was host to almost 600 youth from 50 counties earlier this fall during the Minnesota 4-H State Shooting Sports and Wildlife Invitational.

The Minnesota 4-H Shooting Sports and Wildlife Program began in the 1980s and has grown to more than 5,000 youth members and 500 adult leaders.

The youth participants had an opportunity to demonstrate skills they have learned throughout the past year while competing in Alexandria.

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Anakin Bosek received the Minnesota 4-H Shooting Sports Achievement Award for mentoring others and completing the advancement guide.
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They have spent a minimum of 15 hours working with a trained instructor in their discipline of interest. Divisions they competed in at the invitational that ran Sept. 9-11 included BB gun, standard air rifle, 3-position air rifle, air pistol, .22 rifle, muzzleloading, trap, silhouette, wildlife calling, skillathon, archery and conservation/wildlife displays.

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Adults can become certified discipline instructors by attending a weekend workshop and instructing youth in their local community.

To learn more about the Minnesota 4-H Shooting Sports and Wildlife Program, visit https://extension.umn.edu/projects-and-more/4-h-shooting-sports-project . Learn more about opportunities through 4-H by visiting https://extension.umn.edu/4-h/about-4-h .

Below is how participants from Douglas County performed at this year’s invite.

Minnesota 4-H State Shooting Sports and Wildlife Invitational

BB Gun (3rd Grade): Abigail Schaffran (184) Junior Class – Josie Schaffran (166) and Josefina Wilson (156)

BB Teams: Junior – Jaylin Hennen, Josie Schaffran, Hunter Seibel and Josefina Wilson (7th place – 605)

Archery Individuals: Junior Class A - Aidyn Meissner (200), Lauren Gates (162), Isabella Wilson (156), Hudson Wurster (102), Josefina Wilson (83) Junior Class C - Bentley Wittmer (266), Nathan Engelbrecht (215), Jaylin Hennen (184), Aubrey Wolf (148) and Josie Schaffran (123) Intermediate Class A - Aiden Cable-Muyres (105) Intermediate Class C – Jackson Engelbrecht (255) Senior Class A – Gavin Engelbrecht (143) Senior Class C – Kaitlyn Seibel (230) and Ethan Wittmer (211)

Archery Teams: Junior Class A – Lauren Gates and Hudson Wurster (9th place – 264 total) Junior Class C – Nathan Engelbrecht, Jaylin Hennen, Aidyn Meissner and Bentley Wittmer (8th place – 865 total); Josie Schaffran, Isabella Wilson, Josefina Wilson and Aubrey Wolf (18th place – 510 total) Intermediate Class C – Aiden Cable-Muyres and Jackson Engelbrecht (17th place – 360 total) Senior Class C – Gavin Engelbrecht, Kaitlyn Seibel and Ethan Wittmer (15th place – 584)

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Air Pistol: Senior 2 Hands – Seth Engelbrecht (273)

.22 Field Grade Rifle Individuals: Intermediate Class – Tahira Schaffran (155), Aiden Cable – Muyres (128) and Austin Baune (90) Senior Target – Kaitlyn Seibel (172)

.22 Rifle Teams: Senior – Austin Baune, Aiden Cable-Muyres, Tahira Schaffran and Kaitlyn Seibel (4th place – 545)

Trap Teams: Intermediate – Austin Baune, Sawyer Chlian and Bryce Froemming (11th place – 116) Senior – Gavin Engelbrecht, Logan Froemming, Kaleb Fuglseth, Hunter Walz and Ethan Wittmer (5th place – 425)

Silhouette: Junior Class – Hunter Seibel (5), Josie Schaffran (4) and Jaylin Hennen (1)

Wildlife Calling: Intermediate Class – Aiden Cable – Muyres (79)

Skillathon: Junior Class – Josie Schaffran (36) and Abigail Schaffran (34) Intermediate Class – Tahira Schaffran (62)

Black Powder: Intermediate Pistol (Crow) – Aiden Cable-Muyres (25) and Tahira Schaffran (10) Intermediate Hawk Throw – Aiden Cable-Muyres (3) Intermediate Rifle – Tahira Schaffran (74) and Aiden Cable-Muyres (48) Intermediate Overall – Tahira Schaffran (84) and Aiden Cable-Muyres (76)

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Black Powder Teams: Senior – Aiden Cable-Muyres, Tahira Schaffran and Kaitlyn Seibel (5th place – 160)

* Anakin Bosek received the Minnesota 4-H Shooting Sports Achievement Award for mentoring others and completing the advancement guide.

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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