University of Maine 4-H Shooting Sports partners with ME DIF&W

The University of Maine 4-H Shooting Sports program and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife have partnered to expand youth shooting sports education programs statewide. The University of Maine 4-H Shooting Sports (4HSS) program, based out of the Bryant Pond 4-H Camp and Learning Center, has a long history of partnership with IF&W. Bryant Pond provides Conservation Camp during the summer camp season, where young people have an opportunity to earn their hunter safety or bow hunter safety certification. This partnership enables the 4HSS staff to work with IF&W Recreational Safety instructors, County Extension offices, local sporting clubs and other partners to extend the outreach of these important programs.

We support shooting sports activities in all counties in the state through various activities and events. There are many 4-H Shooting Sports Clubs, school groups, activities, sportsman shows, and other means to connect young folks with safe shooting opportunities and new programs are being started statewide. This is done largely by a large group of dedicated volunteer instructors that have participated in a Level II instructor training. This training is offered here at Bryant Pond annually, and regionally from time to time.

4-H Shooting Sports is a nationally recognized model for encouraging active lifestyles, and holistic youth development. 4-H embraces a “Learn by Doing” teaching model and has documented success in promoting long-term involvement and leadership development. By partnering actively with the State of Maine and other public and private entities to implement the program Statewide, The University of Maine 4-H Shooting Sports program will contribute the development of a citizenry with life-long, active, outdoor hunting and shooting interests

For over 50 years the University of Maine 4-H Camp & Learning Center at Bryant Pond (formerly the Maine Conservation School) has strengthened children’s relationship to the natural world with a combination of inspired outdoor fun, practical woods-wise skills, and “hands-on” conservation education. For more information please visit our website: extension.umaine.edu/bryantpond or call 207.665.2068.