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Decatur County Hosts 4-H Shotgun Match
Apr 29, 2017
by Teresa Adkins, 4-H Program Assistant

Decatur County 4-H hosted the 4-H Shotgun District Qualification Match on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Over 85 4-H students from Seminole, Grady, Calhoun, Lanier, Early and Decatur counties participated.

This was a prerequisite shooting bout to determine eligibility for the 4-H State Target Challenge Weekend to be held at Rock Eagle 4-H Center May 12-13, 2017. Qualification requirements for Junior members (seventh and eighth grade) include breaking 16 out of 25 clays and Senior members (high school) hitting 20 of the 25 targets.

Junior and Senior Decatur County 4-H team members meeting the requirements to advance to the state level were Ashton Aldridge, Hayden Martin, Weston Powell, John Taylor, Cotton Barker, Hudson Barber, Jackson Conley, Blake Daughtry, Brenden Mitchell, Hunter Pelham, Tristan Cochran, Dawson Jackson, Carlton Lynn, John Willis Maples, Stokes Moore, Austin Gordon, Katelyn Ward and Brannon Fagan.

The Decatur County 4-H Junior team of Ashton Aldridge, Hayden Martin, Weston Powell, John Taylor and Cotton Barker received 2nd place team honors. Hayden Martin also placed as the 2nd High Individual Scorer. Decatur County 4-H Senior team member Stokes Moore received 1st place High Individual Scorer and Hunter Pelham placed 3rd High Individual Scorer.

Team members have been practicing diligently each week since February under the guidance of dedicated volunteer coaches. Coaches for the Decatur County 4-H Shotgun Team are Wesley Pelham, Bobby Barber Jr., Wayne Poitevint, Todd Martin and Jule Powell.

The Georgia 4-H Shooting Awareness, Fun and Education Program (S.A.F.E.) is sponsored by The Georgia 4-H Foundation. 4-H is the youth development program of the University of Georgia College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. For more information about Decatur County 4-H, call the Decatur County Extension Office at (229) 248-3033.

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