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Written by Bill Jordan, President   
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 07:13

Is anyone really listening? This is a question often in the back of my mind when I am talking with my sons and especially with the 4-H youth in our rifle and pistol programs. Many of you may be discouraged from even attempting to participate in these programs because you doubt that you can make a difference. In a small way, I was reminded last week that even though there is little immediate feedback, young minds are like sponges and they really do listen. In the last of our spring 4-H outdoor shooting sessions, I gave a short (reminder) lesson on interchangeability of .22 caliber shells and similar corollaries such as .38, 9mm, .357 magnum, etc. I was not firmly convinced that I was having any impact whatsoever; however, when checking posters in for the fair two weeks later, I was delighted to find a poster nicely depicting exactly what I had covered at the 4-H session. At least one young shooter really was listening! Similarly, our 4-H black powder instructor described for me the enthusiasm shown by one of his shooters as he made dramatic improvement in his shooting skills during his 4-H program.

If you do not already have a 4-H or other youth shooting program in your area, please consider volunteering to help start one or enhance the program in your county. While we had over 75 shooting sports posters and displays in Hancock County, I understand that an adjacent county had only seven. It appears that those programs that individually support rifle, pistol, archery, shotgun, and black powder have a much stronger impact than those that provide only a brief introduction to each discipline. 4-H instructor training is September 7-9 at Ross Camp. If interested, please watch the following website for information: http://www.four-h.purdue.edu/shooting_sports/WorkshopDates.htm and/or contact your local county extension office.

If a continuing program such as 4-H or scouts seems like too much of a commitment, please consider volunteering to help with, or encourage your non-shooting friends to take advantage of, the new Indiana Department of Natural Resources Program. Help is needed for the program at Atterbury, August 22, 29, September 5, 12, 19 and 26.  This series will include:  NRA's First Shots introduction to shooting on the first Wednesday, then the next two dates will be rifle (Aug 29 and Sept 5), then shotgun (Sept 12 and 19) and the last date's activity will be determined by the participants and the instructors.  Amanda Wuestefeld needs volunteers that will be able to help new shooters on the firing line.  She believes that she has enough skilled hands for range masters at this point but would be happy to have additional certified help if you would like to volunteer. To volunteer, contact her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Also talk to her if you would like to partner with the DNR for a similar event at your club.

Another single day volunteer opportunity is Hoosier Outdoor Experience to be held September 15 and 16 at Fort Benjamin Harrison State Park in Indianapolis. The 2011 event was Indiana's largest, hands-on outdoor recreational event. More than 20,000 people enjoyed more than 50 different activities with the support of 120 grassroots partners, for this free weekend which provided opportunities to learn about the great Indiana outdoors. Last year, due to the lack of volunteers, the pellet gun range was manned almost exclusively by DNR officers; surely, there are enough experienced ISRPA shooters to man a dozen pellet gun lines for one-half day each! Shotgun shooting support is also needed. Please register with Tim Beck ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) to help and let me know that you have done so ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). If I have not heard from enough of you by August 18, I will contact ISRPA directors and VPs to recruit volunteers for the event.

If your club would like to have a booth located where thousands of prospective shooters pass, please contact me ASAP. If you would like to help man the ISRPA/NRA booth, please contact me ASAP.

ISRPA scholarship winners: Betsy Mundy will receive her second general scholarship from the ISRPA while Sarah Beard and Jason McDonald will each receive Hatfull scholarships which are restricted to college students who are active competitive shooters or who are majoring in law enforcement, conservation, coaching, or sports medicine. Watch for notes of success in smallbore and high power rifle respectively for Sarah and Jason. Scholarships will be presented at the awards program November 3 (see below).

We hope that you have had the opportunity to participate in some of the many organized shooting matches held throughout the state this year and remembered to thank the organizers. We wish good and safe shooting to the junior and adult teams who will be representing Indiana at the National Matches at Camp Perry in July and August.

We are happy to hear that Don Hyfield is recovering nicely from surgery and hope that you will think of ISRPA Director Mike Hoover as he struggles with significant health issues.

A special thanks to Fall Creek Valley Conservation Club for hosting our spring meeting. It was a great place to meet and the lunch, catered by the Hullett family, was delicious. In the interest of geographic diversity, the meeting committee has arranged for the Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet to be held November 3, at The Train Station in Ellis Park, Danville. Please mark your calendars to join us there.

 

Safe shooting,

Bill Jordan, President, ISRPA