Moore 4-H students win shooting sports honors

LOCAL NEWS | Moore County boasts not one but two 4-H shooting sports teams. Young archers that shoot Genesis or Open Compound bows make up the 4-H Moore On Target Team and the Lynchburg Clay Busters practice shotgun games like trap, skeet, and sporting clays.

Moore County had 18 students travel to Ridley 4-H Center in Columbia to compete in the first 4-H Spring Shootout. Gavin Marshall and Gus Burtts each won first place in their age division in Genesis Archery. (Photo Provided)

The Tennessee 4-H Central Region, which is composed of 35 counties in middle Tennessee, held its first 4-H Spring Shootout just days before the pandemic sent everyone home, according to Moore 4-H Youth Development Agent Lorie Burtts. Moore County had 18 students travel to Ridley 4-H Center in Columbia to compete in the Genesis Archery. Five students also competed in the Trap and Skeet at the Maury County Gun Club.

Gavin Marshall and Gus Burtts each won first place in their age division in Genesis Archery.  Others with top ten finishes were: Alex Lynch (fourth place), Jack Hart (fifth place), Junior Marshall (eighth place), and Evan Miller (tenth place).  Michael Sisk took home first place in the Trap and Skeet contest, and his teammates Caleb Sells and Wyatt Burtts tied for seventh place.  

Seven Moore County students participated in the State 4-H Fall Shotgun Jamboree held at the Nashville Gun Club. Michael Sisk won the Champions Division. (Photo Provided)

Seven Moore County youth participated in the State 4-H Fall Shotgun Jamboree held at the Nashville Gun Club. Due to the pandemic, only senior high youth were invited to keep the contest size small. This contest tests a shooter’s skill in trap, skeet and sporting clays. Michael Sisk won the Champions Division. New team member, Brogan Schwartz placed sixteenth overall, Brandon Sisk placed fourth in Skeet and Wyatt Burtts placed sixth in trap.

The State 4-H Fall Archery Jamboree was altered to only include open compound and recurve divisions, leaving no state contest for our senior high Genesis shooters.  Two Moore County 4-H’ers took part in the archery contest that took place at Hyder Burks Livestock Pavilion in Cookeville.  The competitors shot indoors at 20 and 30 meters and outdoors at 3-D wildlife targets placed at unknown distances 30 yards or less.  Wyatt Burtts took top honors that day placing first and his younger brother Gus Burtts placed sixth.  

“Moore County 4-H has a very strong shooting sports program, and with support from grant funding provided by The Friends of NRA and the National Wild Turkey Federation, the cost to participate is minimal,” says Burtts.

For more information, contact the Moore County UT/TSU Extension Office at 931-759-7163. •

Deer archery season opens September 26

Deer Archery-only season will open statewide in Tennessee on Saturday. {File Photo}

OUTDOORS | It’s a rite of passage for Volunteer State hunters each fall. On Saturday, September 26 the 2020 Deer Archery-only season will open statewide in Tennessee and run September 26 through October 30 and November 2-6. Once deer season opens officially, hunters may use archery equipment throughout the season, which will end on January 3.

For local hunters looking for opportunities, the state offers over 100 wildlife management areas (WMA) and refuges for hunts. Click here for a list of the WMAs. Southern middle Tennessee exists in Region II and includes nearby WMA at AEDC, Woods Reservoir Refuge, Flintville Hatchery, and Mingo Swamp. Click here for more information.

Regardless of the hunting location, all hunters must possess a current, valid hunting license and the state reminds hunters that they must obtain permission from landowners to hunt on private land.

For more information, you can access the 2020 Tennessee Hunting Guide by clicking here. You can also visit the TWRA website for more information. •

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