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June 3, 2014

Local 4-H shooter heads to national competition

PRYOR, OK — Cody Nichols of Pryor will be competing in the National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational at the Heartland Public Shooting Park in Grand Island, Neb., June 24 through 29.

Youths from all over the United States involved in 4-H Shooting Sports will compete in nine discipline areas: compound archery, recurve archery, air rifle, air pistol, .22 rifle, .22 pistol, shotgun, muzzle loader and hunting skills.

Nichols is the son of Billy Nichols and Laura White of Pryor. “It is good to make sure if your children have an interest in guns that you alleviate the mystery by showing them and explaining gun safety,” said Bily NIchols.    

“Training is so important. You cannot just pick up a gun and start shooting. Cody has had a lot of training. He was exposed to gun safety since he was 4 years old and was exposed to it all his life. He has trained and stood beside Federal Agents.  It is more than just sending bullets down the range. It is a lot about the safety and proper use.”

“He takes this sport very seriously,” White said. “He wears his safety gear when handling any weapon at approved shooting areas. We are glad that he is in the 4-H program. He recently placed first in the .22 pistol category. He is very responsible. Some kids would have an attitude to go with the use of a gun, but not Cody. His personality is gentle and kind. His goal is to go to West Point after he finishes high school. He is good at what he does and will make a good candidate as an officer in the military.”

Nichols is a member of the Roger’s County 4-H Shooting Sports, part of an OSU Extension Program that “helps youth develop life skills while engaging in educational shooting activities while maintaining the highest standards of safety, sportsmanship, ethical behavior and conservation.”  

Annette Brouse founded one of the first shooting sports in 2001 that began with archery and developed into other disciplines. “The National competition is a tough competition. Cody will be going up against the best of the best. He has practiced several times a week since November just to get ready.

“There will be competitors from 40 states, with a contingency of a maximum of 36 kids per state. That should be close to 1,400 or so kids in the competition.”  Brouse believes the program should have more exposure to promote the safety and use of the various disciplines.

Rogers County 4-H Shooting Sports helps youth develop life skills while engaging in educational shooting activities while maintaining the highest standards of safety, sportsmanship, ethical behavior, and conservation.

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