Eight participate in 4-H muzzleloader shoot

Instructor Ginger Goings watches as Springfield 4-H’ers Isaac Osinchuck (left) and his brother Ivan load their muzzleloaders at the Muzzleloader Shoot. Photo by Lisa Muzzey, UVM Extension 4-H.

PERKINSVILLE, Vt. – The Green Mountain 4-H Club of Springfield hosted a Muzzleloader Shoot, May 26 at the Precision Valley Fish and Game Association in Perkinsville.

Eight 4-H’ers from three clubs took part in the competition. Participants were permitted to use any traditional or nontraditional muzzleloading rifle, including in-lines, of any caliber with either an open or aperture metallic sight.

Seniors, ages 13-18, shot from a standing position. Winners in this division in order of placement were Kelsea Aldrich of Lyndonville, Green Mountain 4-H Shooting Sports Club; Ken Beaupre of Orford, N.H., Upper Valley Bullseyes 4-H Club; Hunter Michaud of East Hardwick, Green Mountain 4-H Shooting Sports Club; and Austin Taylor of Westminster, Green Mountain 4-H Club.

Younger competitors, ages 8-12, shot from a standing position using a rest. Evan Hash, Lyndonville (Green Mountain 4-H Shooting Sports Club) placed first followed by Jacob Churchill, Groton (Green Mountain 4-H Shooting Sports Club); Isaac Osinchuck, Springfield (Green Mountain 4-H Club); and Ivan Osinchuck, Springfield (Green Mountain 4-H Club).

Following the shoot, all participants were able to test their skill with muzzleloader shotgun with Dick O’Dette, president of the Precision Valley Fish and Game Association. The event also served as an additional practice for the teens heading to the 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships in Grand Island, Neb., in June. Kelsea, Ken, and Hunter will represent Vermont on the muzzleloader team at the national event.

Adult volunteers assisting with this University of Vermont Extension 4-H event were Joe Austin, Westminster; Ginger Goings, Springfield; and Paul Muzzey, Chester, all with the Green Mountain 4-H Club, and Doug Petty, St. Johnsbury, of the Green Mountain 4-H Shooting Sports Club.

To learn more about the Vermont 4-H Shooting Sports Project, contact Lisa Muzzey, UVM Extension 4-H educator, at lisa.muzzey@uvm.edu.

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