ST. JOHNSBURY – The Caledonia Forest and Stream Club in St. Johnsbury hosted the 2022 4-H Shooting Sports Jamboree on July 15 to July 17, an annual event that attracted 67 competitors this year.
4-Hers from eight 4-H shooting sports clubs competed at the University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H-sponsored event. Local 4-H clubs assisting with the event were the Caledonia 4-H Sharp Shooters and the Green Mountain Shooting Sports 4-H Club, both from St. Johnsbury.
In addition to the two host clubs, other participating clubs were Green Mountain 4-H, Springfield; Mount Mansfield Pioneers, Jericho; Oxbow Mountain 4-H Shooting Sports Club, Pawlet; Pownal Valley Sharpshooters, Pownal; Sunset Hill 4-H Club, Williston; and Upper Valley Bullseyes 4-H Club, Bradford.
The first day of the event served as a practice session with individual instruction from certified instructors. The competition, arranged by age and discipline, got underway the following morning. Competing at this year’s jamboree were 19 seniors (14-18), 21 juniors (11-13) and 27 novices (8-10).
Contests were held for archery, pistol, rifle, Seneca Run (timed events including fire starting, hawk and knife throw, longbow and black powder rifle), shotgun and hunting/wildlife skills. The latter involved hunter safety, a timed compass course and identification of animal furs, feathers, skulls, scat and tracks.
The top three scorers in each discipline, as well as the three highest overall scorers in each age division, received a gold, silver or bronze medal and certificate. The results for local competitors as follows:
Rifle, senior: Hayley Michaud, East Hardwick (fourth); novice: Hadley Michaud, East Hardwick (fourth).
Seneca Run, senior: Hayley Michaud, East Hardwick.
To learn more about the Vermont Shooting Sports Program, contact Holly Ferris, University of Vermont Extension 4-H Shooting Sports coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.