4-H shooting sports instructor certification workshop planned

CLEMSON — Clemson Extension will conduct a 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Certification workshop at the Clemson University Pickens Bend range in Clemson on Jan. 23-24.

Cost for the one-day workshop is $125, which includes snacks, drinks, lunch, ammo, targets, all necessary equipment and curriculum manuals. Lodging is on your own, if needed.

The Clemson Extension will be offering shotgun, rifle or archery certification, assuming the minimum number of registrants sign up for each discipline. Each participant can get certified in one of the three disciplines only.

The certification is conducted under the Clemson University Extension program. All instructors/volunteers will be required to allow Clemson to do a criminal background check to become a registered 4-H volunteer, which will enable them to be covered under the Clemson University Tort Liability Insurance policy.

If you are interested in participating, you must complete an application and return, preferably by email, by 5 p.m. on Jan. 16. You can bring payment with you to registration. Full certification is for those over 21 years of age.

Clemson Extension also offer Assistant Instructor certification for those 18-20 and Junior Leader certification for those junior leaders age 16-17. Cost for Junior certification is $50. Cost for Assistant Certification is $75.

All necessary equipment, to include firearms and archery equipment, will be provided; however, you are welcome to bring your own firearm and shooting accessories, i.e. shooting vest, pouches, safety glasses, etc.

The address to use for the range in most GPS units is Pickens Bend Range, Twin Lakes Road, Clemson. The entrance is marked by a big, split, red metal gate and a gravel road.

For more information and to get an application, contact Extension 4-H Natural Resources Specialist Rick Willey, at (864) 656-3090, (864) 650-8421 or by email at