Junior Shooting Programs offered at Weld County Fish & Wildlife Range
Shooting sports can be gratifying for youngsters. Weld County Fish & Wildlife’s range is host to many youth shooting sports programs. These programs provide a supportive environment in which young people can experience hands-on, fun learning experiences.
Northern Colorado Clay Crushers Clean Up
The Northern Colorado Clay Crushers have returned from the 2022 CO State SCTP (Scholastic Clay Target Program) Championships. They've made WCFW their "home" range for the last 3 years. The team is half the size of some of the others and performed incredibly well. A hearty "Congratulations and Job Well Done" is in order for the youth, their parents and the coaches involved. With ages spanning from 5th grade through college, here's the awards they've earned individually and as a team:
Delany- Intermediate/Entry Trap 3rd place, Intermediate/Entry American Skeet 3rd place
Lilly- Intermediate/Advanced Trap 1st place, Intermediate/Advanced American Skeet 1st place, Intermediate/Advanced Sporting Clays 1st place, Ladies Trap Champion, Ladies American Skeet 3rd Place, Ladies Sporting Clays Runner Up, HOA Ladies Champion (She beat out the collegiate, high school and other middle school girls for this one!)
Aiden- Intermediate/Advanced American Skeet 2nd place
Conrad- Intermediate/Advanced Sporting Clays 3rd place
Cian- Varsity American Skeet 4th place
Cael- Collegiate Trap 2nd place, Collegiate American Skeet 1st place, Collegiate Sporting Clays 1st place, HOA Collegiate Champion
Grant- International Skeet Champion
Intermediate/Advanced American Skeet 1st place: Lilly, Conrad, Aiden
Intermediate/Advanced Sporting Clays 2nd place: Aiden, Conrad, Lilly
Senior/Varsity International Skeet 2nd place: Grant, Cian, Amanda
Current youth programs in Colorado
4-H Shooting Sports
Each year, 4-H teaches a shooting sport to more than 300,000 boys and girls.
4-H members have opportunities to test their shooting, hunting, and sportsmanship skills in county, regional, state, and national competitions. In fact, they could ultimately set Olympic competition as their goal. There are seventeen Olympic shooting sports events, which continue to draw the third-greatest number of countries.
The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation is an educational-athletic organization that exists to introduce school-age youths to the clay target sports and to facilitate their continued involvement by providing, promoting, and perpetuating opportunities to safely and enjoyably participate and compete in a high-quality, team-based sport led by trained adult coaches focused on enhancing the personal growth and development of their athletes.
Justin Reifschneider Memorial/Sponsorship Fund
This fund is named after Justin Reifschneider, a WCFW Board member, Leader in the Juniors program through 4H and all-around great guy. These funds are generated through the sales of range gear (hats, lanyards… etc.), member donations and a portion of membership dues.
The fund was created to help youth with the costs associated with competing in shooting sports. These funds can be used for travel to a large event, purchase/upgrade to firearms, ammo, and targets.
- Who is eligible? Youth who’s parents or guardians are members in good standing at WCFW, are 18 years old and younger and must be competing in a shooting sport. (4H, SCTP, SASP, NSSA, ATA, NSCA,USPSA, Steel Challenge, ICORE…etc)
- How much is available individually? Currently the Board of Directors have put a cap on the amount up to and including $500 annually.
- What do they have to do? The first step is to fill out the online form. The information provided will be reviewed by the WCFW Board of Directors. If selected, a Board member will contact the parent/guardian as to when the youth shooter should come in and speak to the BOD at a monthly meeting.
- The youth should be prepared to answer the following types of questions:
- What kind of competitions they shoot?
- What are their goals within the sport?
- What the money will be used for?
- How this will help them practice, prepare or compete in their chosen discipline?