Jim Wells County 4-H is excited for the new editions to the 4-H Archery and Rifle projects thanks to Jim Wells County Sheriff Daniel Bueno and his department, said 4-H sponsor Barbie Wymore.

The 4-H program received a $10,000 grant from the drug forfeiture fund to enhance the archery and rifle projects.

Through these project areas, youth learn discipline, safety, proper handling and use of a variety of firearms. Youth are strictly supervised and practice weekly throughout their season. Sheriff Bueno encouraged the 4-H’ers to learn from their adult coaches and the as they get older and move on to pay it forward and teach the next generation the discipline they learned.

In the archery project, youth can use the 4-H equipment to see if they like the project and then eventually invest in their own bow and arrows as they learn about the different types of bows. The archery project competes in numerous matches and events throughout the year, including District 12 4-H Archery Match, Texas 4-H Indoor Archery Match, Houston Livestock Show Archery Match, numerous postal leagues, and local county 4-H competitions. The archery project has already purchased 3D targets, box targets and stands, and a couple new bows with arrows. Archers practice on Sundays at the JWC Fairgrounds.

The 4-H rifle project begins in January for their season with Smallbore rifle and Silhouette events. They will also be getting needed equipment. The 4-H Rifle team this past June advanced and competed for the first time in 20+ years in the Texas 4-H Rifle Match.

All 4-H archery and rifle coaches must be certified through the Texas 4-H Rifle and Archery program. Archery coaches are Sarita and Cullen Wright, Eddie and Annie Tijerina, and Barbie Wymore. Rifle Coach is Eddie Garcia.

For more information on joining 4-H in Jim Wells County and then joining the archery or rifle project call the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Officers in Jim Wells County at 361-668-5705 Extension 7 or b-wymore@tamu.edu