Bradley County 4-H shooting sports members learn life skills

Posted 3/8/18

Bradley County 4-H Shooting Sports Members Learn Life Skills


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Bradley County 4-H shooting sports members learn life skills


The Shooting Sports program of Bradley County 4-H was begun in 2009 with the rifle discipline under 4-H Agent Scott Goldman. 

Since that time, Goldman has moved on, but shotgun and archery have been added to the lineup under 4-H Agent Lynne Middleton. The interest in all of the disciplines has increased over the years and this year was no different. 

Middleton works to keep the shooting sports program continually funded without having to charge 4-H members or parents and 17 youth participated in the Archery program this winter.

 The 4-H members meet weekly at the UT Extension – Bradley Office in Cleveland, where they learn new techniques in shooting bows, along with record-keeping skills, responsibility and ethical decision making.

Salada Alderman, James Arrowood, Allison Bender, Rosanna Bender, Caedyn Freeman, Joshua Galloway, Tim Held, Caitlyn Kirkpatrick, Zarek Kotulski, Ashley McCormick, JC Moore, Steven Moore, Jarred Poe, Jonas Pols, Estee Ratcliff, Dillon Rogers and Tom Sampson participated in the six-week program which ended with a balloon shoot. 

The next discipline of the shooting sports that 4-H members will be able to participate in will be shotgun, which starts with a safety meeting in April.  Youth will learn safe operation of 12- and 20-gauge shotguns, and have the ability to shoot skeet by the end of the lessons.  Rifle is held each October and Archery begins every January.

 For more information on the 4-H Shooting Sports program in Bradley County, contact Lynne Middleton, Extension Agent, at 423-728-7001 or





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