Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program State Championship is June 7

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Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports LITTLE ROCK – In sports there’s a saying about a lull in the second year of an athlete’s career being known as the “sophomore slump.” For the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program, that saying couldn’t be further from the truth.

After its initial year in 2007, where over 900 youth participated in the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission program, the program picked up more steam this year with over 2,400 kids participating. Statewide competition winds down this weekend with 160 kids competing in Arkansas’s second state championship. The championship culminates a full year of competitive shooting around the state and will be held June 7 at the Remington Arms Gun Club in Lonoke. Youths will be competing in junior and senior divisions for the state title.

Competition gets underway on Saturday at 9 a.m. The gun club is located just off Interstate 40 at Exit 169. Turn south onto Arkansas Highway 15 and the facility is located just south of the Remington plant on the west side of the road.

The program is aimed at teaching Arkansas’s youth how to safely handle a firearm. Young hunters have sharpened their skills and children who have no desire to pursue ducks, doves or other game still get to enjoy the challenge of shooting clay targets as they streak away.

The program teaches safe gun-handling skills to children who may never take a hunter’s education course and gives children from all backgrounds the chance to learn how much fun waits for them beyond the video screen.

Through this competitive trap-shooting league, high-school-aged children have experienced the excitement of real-world shooting without the need for expensive leases or equipment.

For more information on the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program, contact program coordinator Chuck Woodson, (501) 978-7326 or