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.
2023 turned out to be another great and rewarding year for the junior members of the range, thank you for purchasing range gear throughout the year in support of these members. Your generosity allowed every applicant to be granted the sponsorship to assist in their purchase of new equipment, ammunition, travel and/or fees for their shooting sports competitions throughout the year. Many of these junior members participated (and excelled) in state and national competitions.
We are thrilled to hear the accomplishments of these junior members, and for 2024 we would like to see more of our members submit applications to the Justin Reifschneider Memorial/Sponsorship Fund. The process is very simple. At the bottom of this page you will find more information about the sponsorship program and a link to the application.
If there are any questions please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good luck and see you at the range!
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 $750 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?