All competitions utilize small bore rifles and peep sights. The regular season ended with the District 11 championship match that was held at the Laward 4-H Center’s Shooting Range in Lolita. However, shooting competition is not over for senior team members. Senior team members qualified for a shot at the state championship title and will compete at the state level matches to be held June 8-9 in Victoria.
Shooters fit into one of four classifications: Junior Shooter ages 9-10 or a junior shooter may qualify at age 8, if he is in the third grade, Jr. Intermediate are ages 11-12, Intermediate ages 13-14, and Senior shooters are from age 15-19.
The shooting season usually begins in January and classification is determined by a shooter’s age on Sept. 1 of the previous year. Three shooting positions are utilized: prone, standing and kneeling. Junior shooters shoot all prone targets, Junior intermediate shooters shoot two prone and one kneeling, and intermediate and senior shooters will shoot all three positions.
Senior team members for the 2012-2013 season were Amanda Coffey, Chris Rivas and Martin Rivas. Only shooters in the senior classification participate at state competition and must qualify for state by finishing in the top three teams at the district competition. As previously stated, the Beeville Shooting Sports senior team qualified for competition at the state level and compete in the state matches that are scheduled for June 8-9 in Victoria. The public is welcome to attend the state competition. State competition will be held at the Victoria Shooting range located at the 4-H Center on Foster Field.
The Beeville 4-H Shooting Sports Club has been in existence in Bee County for many years. The primary goal of the club is the same as all 4-H programs; to help youth develop leadership, citizenship and life skills. That goal is accomplished in a number of ways.
Throughout District 11, there are shooting sports competitions and through these competitions and the rigorous preparation for these events, the youth learn self-discipline, safety, particularly gun safety and, of course, shooting skills. Beeville Shooting Sports 4-H Club members also learn that even though winning is good, the spirit of camaraderie and the friendships developed by meeting others with common interests far outweighs a win at all costs.
“These young 4-H Shooting Sports Club members have become excellent competitors in shooting sports competitions, and they have the ribbons and trophies that demonstrate that they are true winners,” said coach Chuck McCameron.
Beeville Shooting Sports 4-H Club officers are elected, and all meetings are conducted by the youth, under the supervision of adult leadership. The club has been fortunate to have support from parents and relatives. Parents, guardians, grandparents and other family members provide support by assisting the certified coaching staff. All youth between the ages of 9 and 19 are invited to join the Beeville Shooting Sports 4-H Club.
The club manager is Austin Brown III. Certified coaching staff are Austin Brown III, Chuck McCameron, Lee Farias and Esther McFall. Youth and parents of youth that would like to join the Bee County 4-H Shooting Sports Club should contact Austin Brown III at (361) 597-0373 or e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.