The Minnesota 4-H State Shooting Sports & Wildlife Invitational was held on Sept. 6-8 in Alexandria, with several Becker County 4-H members participating.

Throughout the weekend, a total of 660 youth from 53 counties participated in the following events: BB gun, Standard Air Rifle, 3 Position Air Rifle, Air Pistol, .22 Rifle, Muzzleloading, Trap, Silhouette, Wildlife Calling, Skillathon and Conservation/Wildlife Displays.

The Becker County Archery Senior Class C Team, including Zeb Lewis, Maria Schauer, Alexis Gerdes and Madison Gerdes, placed 7th out of 12 teams.

The Becker County Archery Intermediate Class B Team, including Katelyn Kleven, Laura Schauer and Ellen Schauer, placed second out of two participating teams.

Becker County 4-H’ers who paced in the top 10 or higher in individual events include: Laura Schauer, Franklin 4-H, 1st out of 16, Archery Intermediate Class B; Ellen Schauer, Franklin 4-H, 1st out of 20, Archery Junior Class B; Katelyn Kleven, Franklin 4-H, 2nd out of 23, Archery Intermediate Class A; Zeb Lewis, River Valley 4-H, 5th out of 40, Skillathon Senior Division.

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Other participants Included: Nathan Flaa, Franklin 4-H, Archery Intermediate Class A; , Happy Hillside 4-H, Alexis Gerdes, Archery Intermediate Class C, Madison Gerdes, Happy Hillside 4-H, Archery Intermediate Class C; Maren Hoban, Franklin 4-H, Archery Senior Class C; Zeb Lewis, River Valley 4-H, Archery Senior Class C, Senior Trap/Skillathon; Brady Mitchell, Happy Hillside 4-H, Archery Junior Class A, BB Gun/3 Position Air Air Pistol-Two Handed; Maria Schauer, Franklin, Archery Senior Class C.

Participating youth had the opportunity to showcase their skills that have been learned throughout the past year, as they spent 15 or more hours working with a trained instructor in their discipline of interest. The Minnesota 4-H Shooting Sports & Wildlife Program began in the 1980’s and has grown to include more than 4,000 4-H members and 500 adult leaders. Adults can become certified discipline instructors by attending a weekend workshop and instructing youth in their county. To learn more about the Minnesota 4-H Shooting Sports & Wildlife Program, visit us online at