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Chickasaw County 4-H Shooting Sports headed to Whitetail Ridge Hunting Club recently to compete in the District Shoot. Winners there are headed to the 4-H State Shoot in West Point in July.

HOUSTON – They've hit the mark at district and now set their sights on state competition.

The Chickasaw County 4-H Shooting Sports Team took more than 20 shooters and parents to compete in a variety of sports from archery and shotgun to rifle and pistol shooting at the District Shoot at Whitetail Ridge Hunting Club in Lee County recently.

The local bunch competed against more than 700 other 4-H shooters from across Northeast Mississippi.

“I have been very pleased with the direction of these shooters and how this program has grown over the past few years,” said Dr. Scott Cagle, Chickasaw County Extension Agent. “We revived this program with some volunteers and just a few shooters shooting .22-cal. rifles.

“We carried kids to Whitetail Ridge to shoot in archery, .22 rifle, .22 pistol, shotgun and air rifle and pistol,” he added. “Each one of the girls and boys have progressed a lot and we really do have a good group of shooters.”

And Cagle laid the success at the feet of volunteers who run different disciplines.

“These volunteers show up most Saturday morning during our shooting season to teach these kids the finer points of shooting a bow, shotgun, rifle or pistol,” said Cagle. “I also want to thank our Board of Supervisors for helping ups build a shooting range and pay for expenses like ammunition and targets.”

Winners at the district shoot now make plans to compete at the Mississippi State 4-H Shooting Sports Championship July 28-29 in West Point. The top five shooters in each discipline at state head to 4-H National Shooting Sports Competition in Nebraska next year.

“This is a great sport for single parents and kids who want to learn to shoot and, more importantly for moms and dads who want to spend some quality time with their kids,” said Cagle. “We will take a break from shooting this summer and crank back up in the fall.

“I want to congratulate each one of these shooters,” said Cagle. “We've got a good program because we have a good group of kids.”

Chickasaw County 4-H shooters who competed at District and their event, age and score are:

ARCHERY:

Standard Compound (Male)- 9 Meters

Junior II (10-11)

Name Score Placing

Jon H. Murphee 108 12th

Junior III (12-13)

Name Score Placing

Shamarj Berry 92X 9th

Senior II (16-18)

Name Score Placing

Mackenzie Huffman 89 3rd

22 RIFLE:

LR-open sights

Junior II (10-11)

Name Score Placing

Case Booth 171X 2nd

Junior Rifle

Junior III (12-13)

Name Score Placing

Shamarj Berry 74 2nd

LR-optical sights

Junior III(12-13)

Name Score Placing

Eli Smith 133 17th

Senior Rifle Iron Sights

Senior II(16-18)

Name Score Placing

James Ingram 179 1st

Hunner Edington 114 2nd

22 PISTOL:

Senior II (16-18)

Name Score Placing

Hunner Edington 265X 1st

Mackenzie Huffman 223 2nd

Gage Vanlandingham 208 3rd

SHOTGUN:

Junior II (10-11)

Name Score Placing

Case Booth 12 3rd

Jon Hodge Murphee 6

Junior III(12-13)

Name Score Placing

Ty Booth 10

Senior I(14-15)

Name Score Placing

Johnathan Hallmark 13 5th

John Russell Linley 12

Kai Abrams 8

Connor Graham 7

Senior II(16-18)

Name Score Placing

Gage Vanlandingham 13

James Ingram 12

Hunner Edington 10

Palmer Earnest 9

Dillan Williams 6

5M AIR RIFLE:

5M Air Rifle Pellet

Junior (8-9)

Name Score Placing

Greyson Prestage 233 2nd

Curry Chapman 157 3rd

Traley Smith 64 4th

5M Smoothbore Pellet Scoped (table)

Junior (8-9)

Name Score Placing

Ryder Pettit 225 1st

5M Air Rifle Smoothbore Pellet (table/sandbag)

Junior (8-9)

Name Score Placing

Brett Fraizer 219 2nd

Liv Vanlandingham 182 4th

Keely Smith 105 9th

5M Air Rifle Smoothbore Pellet (table/elbow)

Junior (10-11)

Name Score Placing

Holly Tallant 33 3rd

10M AIR PISTOL:

Match (two handed)

Junior III(12-13)

Name Score Placing

Ty Booth 54 5th

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