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The 4-H Western Heritage Project is the newest National 4-H shooting sports discipline.

The 4-H S.A.F.E. Western Heritage program includes the Rifle, Shotgun, Pistol disciplines. In addition to progressive shooting in Old West attire, youth learn about the arts, crafts and survival skills that Americans practiced as our young nation grew Westward. Leathercraft, soapmaking, whip braiding, wheelwright, Cowboy Ethics, campfire and Dutch oven cooking, frontier fashion, wagons and muleteams, and so much more are included in the 4-H Western Heritage Project.

Two opportunities for competition currently exist in this program: progressive shooting match where youth move from different venues such as a Livery Stable, Jail, Saloon, and shoot stationary targets under the watchful eye of a trained 4-H Coach; and a Costume Contest whereby youth adopt an “old West” persona, choose their attire and are interviewed.

(This 4-H program does not involve the sport of Cowboy Mounted Shooting; for more information about the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association please go to

Competition’s Place in 4-H Shooting Sports: Competition has a place in 4-H shooting sports as a celebration of the Life Skills (teamwork, communication, etc.) and Essential Elements (mastery, independence, belonging and generosity) that have occurred within the context of a 4-H S.A.F.E. Club setting -- but education and positive youth development, not competition should drive 4-H S.A.F.E. Clubs. Each shooting sports discipline offers a State Championship event, and the First Place Senior Team may be eligible to attend the National 4-H Shooting Sports Championship in Grand Island NE. Alabama 4-H also offers a summer Invitational Tournament series as part of the Buckmasters Expo in Montgomery.


Beyond 4-H: Youth Western Heritage Project Competitions & Resources

Alabama Public Shooting Ranges



For more information, please contact Shannon Andress, 4-H S.A.F.E. Coordinator

Alabama Cooperative Extension Alabama 4-H Staff The Alabama 4 H Club Foundation


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