Illinois 4-H State Shoots in rifle, pistol, archery, and shotgun are intended to provide an opportunity for teenage 4-H members to compete with those with like interests from throughout Illinois. 

First, we wish to provide a very safe environment and expect that all participants follow all rules and polices of the State Shooting events.  The events offered at State Shoots are not for intended for beginners as they are the same type of high skill level events that the National 4-H Shooting Sports Championships offer.  It is for this reason youth need to be age 12 by Sept. 1st of that year to participate.   

By entry to this Illinois state shooting event the participant, parent and certified leader/instructor is verifying that the youth has demonstrated basic safety, and possess basic knowledge and skills required to participate in this State event.   State Shoots also serve as a basis to select State Teams that will compete at the National 4-H Shoot the following June.  

Click here for General Rules for All State Shoots    Registrations for all shoots opened July 15, 2023 on ZSuite.

2023 State Archery Contest - Sat., Sept. 16, 2023 in Pekin, IL. Click here for 4-H Archery State Shoot Rules. Register here.

2023 State Shotgun Contest – Sat., Sept. 23, 2023 in Bunker Hill, IL. Click here for 4-H Shotgun State Shoot Rules. Register here

2023 State Rifle Contest - Sat., Oct. 7, 2023 in Bloomington, IL. Click here for 4-H Air Rifle or .22 Rifle State Shoot Rules. Register here




Contact for More Information:

Extension Specialist – 4-H Shooting Sports and Environmental Education
Curt Sinclair