4-H Shooting Sports Jamboree sees impressive turnout

REGION – A record number of 4-H’ers turned out for the 34th annual 4-H Shooting Sports Jamboree, held at the Ross Family Farm in Pawlet.

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Individual high scorers in the Senior Division Rifle competition at the 2018 4-H Shooting Sports Jamboree, July 20-22 in Pawlet, pose with their awards. From left: Ken Beaupre, Orford, N.H.; Aiden McDermid, Rockingham; Hunter Smith and Austin Taylor, both from Westminster. Photo by Lisa Muzzey.

A total of 85 participants from 11 counties and 12 4-H clubs took part in the July 20-22 event, competing for medals in six separate shooting sports disciplines. The jamboree was sponsored by University of Vermont Extension 4-H and hosted by the Oxbow Mountain 4-H Club, Pawlet, and the Pownal Valley 4-H Sharp Shooters, Pownal.

The first day of the event served as a practice session with personalized instruction from certified instructors. The competition, arranged by age and discipline, began the following morning. Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded to the top scorers in each discipline with the three highest overall scorers in each age division also earning medals.

The youths competed in archery, pistol, rifle, Seneca Run (muzzleloader, hawk and knife throw, instinctive bow, fire starting), shotgun, and a hunting/wildlife contest. The latter involved hunter safety, a timed compass course, and identification of animal furs, feathers, skulls, scat and tracks.

Kids under eight, who were not age-eligible to compete, were invited to participate in a 4-H Cloverbud Passport activity whereby they earned stamps in their passport for correctly answering questions about each discipline. Emma Boyer, Poultney; Brody Decker, Lake George, N.Y.; Sam Nance, East Montpelier; and Isabel Osinchuk, Springfield, each received a certificate of completion at the end of the challenge.

The results of the competition, in order of placement, were as follows:

Overall high scorers:

Senior (14 – 18): Hunter Smith, Westminster; Jonathan Churchill, Groton; Nigel Waring, East Burke. Honorable Mention: Zachary Willson, Lyndonville

Junior (11 – 13): Colby Butler, Dorset; Jacob Churchill, Groton; Uma Chirkova, Newbury. Honorable Mention: Brady Roy, Springfield

Novice (8 – 10): Aden Cushman, Barre; Alex Daisey, Orford, N.H.; Isaac Osinchuk, Springfield. Honorable Mention: Justin Roy, Springfield

Winners in the individual competitions, in order of placement, were:

Archery

Senior: Zachary Willson, Lyndonville; Ethan Moore, Pawlet; Jonathan Churchill, Groton. Honorable Mention: Nigel Waring, East Burke

Junior: Uma Chirkova, Newbury; Jacob Churchill, Groton; Mia Puffer, Waterford; Honorable Mention: Colton Masure, St. Johnsbury

Novice: Alex Daisey, Orford, N.H.; Justin Roy, Springfield; Jackson Dwyer, Lyndonville. Honorable Mention: Gavin Puffer, Waterford

Hunting/wildlife:

Senior: Madeline Chairvolotti, Grand Isle; Nigel Waring, East Burke; Zachary Willson, Lyndonville. Honorable Mention: Luke McReynolds, North Danville

Junior: Uma Chirkova, Newbury; Audrey Chairvolotti, Grand Isle; Liam Hill, Poultney. Honorable Mention: Gabriel St. Martin, Wells

Novice: Misha Chirkov, Newbury; Aden Cushman, Barre; Tristan Sumner, Granville, N.Y. Honorable Mention: Robby Harris, Poultney

Pistol (.22 pistol or air pistol, depending on competitor’s age)

Senior: Nigel Waring, East Burke; Hunter Smith, Westminster; Luke McReynolds, North Danville. Honorable Mention: Eli Beinnner-Desranleau, Burlington

Junior: Sam Bushey; Brady Roy, Springfield; Jayden Mead, Poultney. Honorable Mention: Uma Chirkova, Newbury

Novice: Alex Daisey, Orford, N.H.; Aden Cushman, Barre; Hannah Smiley, Milton; Honorable Mention: Gavin Puffer, Waterford

Rifle:

Senior: Austin Taylor, Westminster; Hunter Smith, Westminster; Aiden McDermid, Rockingham. Honorable Mention: Ken Beaupre, Orford, N.H.

Junior: Colby Butler, Dorset; Jacob Churchill, Groton; Jayden Mead, Poultney. Honorable Mention: Liam Hill, Poultney

Novice: Alex Daisey, Orford, N.H.; Isaac Osinchuk, Springfield; Robby Harris, Poultney. Honorable Mention: Aden Cushman, Barre

Seneca run:

Senior: Sam Barrows, Arlington; Joseph Connor, Orwell; Ethan Moore, Pawlet. Honorable Mention: Zachary Willson, Lyndonville

Junior: Brady Roy, Springfield; Uma Chirkova, Newbury; Lucas Mattison, Eagle Bridge, N.Y. Honorable Mention: Audrey Chairvolotti, Grand Isle

Novice: Ivan Osinchuk, Springfield; Karmen Wilbur, Colchester; Gavin Puffer, Waterford. Honorable Mention: Aden Cushman, Barre

Shotgun:

Senior: Zachary Willson, Lyndonville; Ethan Moore, Pawlet; Nigel Waring, East Burke. Honorable Mention: Jonathan Churchill, Groton

Junior: Colby Butler, Dorset; Sam Bushey, Shaftsbury; Jacob Churchill, Groton. Honorable Mention: Colton Masure, St. Johnsbury

Novice: Aden Cushman, Barre; Jackson Dwyer, Lyndonville; Collin Smith, Petersburg, N.Y. Honorable Mention (three-way tie): Ian Boyer, Poultney; Henry Bradshaw, Jericho; and Gavin Puffer, Waterford

To learn more about the 4-H shooting sports program, contact Lisa Muzzey, UVM Extension 4-H Shooting Sports coordinator, at 802-885-8385 or 800-278-5471 (toll-free in Vermont) or by email at lisa.muzzey@uvm.edu.

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