The Texas 4-H Shotgun Shootout was founded on the principals of honesty, integrity, and fairness. It is our intention that all participants, parents, and workers will adhere to these principals and we believe that these traits are the most important lessons that 4-H shooters can take from this competition.
*AMMUNITION – All shooters will be required to provide and use factory ammunition that meets the 4H rule requirements. Any ammunition used not conforming to these rules will be cause for immediate disqualification. All ammunition needed for each round must be brought onto the field prior to beginning each round.
*State 4-H rules will apply.
*All safety rules will be enforced. Any shooter acting in any unsafe manner will be subject to immediate disqualification.
*All shooters are responsible for upkeep of the shooting grounds. Anyone found showing disrespect for the shooting grounds and their facilities will be asked to leave. Dispose of your trash accordingly, and respect the club’s property.
*Shooters need to arrive at their designated event 15 minutes prior to the start of that rotation.
*No parents or coaches on the field during a round.
*Cap Rule – A competitor’s cap must remain bill forward at all times. The only time it may be turned around backwards is if the bill impedes vision on overhead targets. Discretion is left to the range officials.
*Howard County Hull Rule – Any competitor who throws an empty hull in anger will receive one warning. If the competitor throws hulls again, they will be asked to pick up the empty hulls on that range at the end of the day. If said competitor refuses to clean up the hulls, they will be disqualified.
*Shoot management has the right to mix age groups within a squad. Attempts will be made to place like age groups together. However, we maintain the right to mix ages to fill squads. Senior shooters may shoot with juniors as well as intermediates.
*Shoot management has the right to alter the program and rules if necessary.
*Squads will remain the same for each discipline.
*Shooters will be allowed three minutes between rounds.
*NSSA rules apply.
*Course of fire for international skeet (Updated for 2013):
Station 1 – high house single, double
Station 2 – high house single, double
Station 3 – high house single, double (high house first)
Station 4 – high house single, low house single
Station 5 – low house single, double (low house first)
Station 6 – low house single, double (low house first)
Station 7 – double only (low house first)
Back to Station 4 – double (high house first), double (low house first)
Station 8 – high house single, low house single
*USA Shooting rules apply
*A shooter must load 2 shells when shooting singles from station 4.
*When calling for a target, the gun stock must be in contact with the body of the shooter with the toe of the stock at or below the point of the elbow (low gun). The gun must remain in that position until the target appears.
*At station 8, all shooters will form a line from station 8 back to station 4, in the squads shooting order. The designated shooter will then proceed to shoot their high house single and the low house single before leaving the shooting station. Shooters must remain on the field until all shooters have completed station 8.
*ATA rules apply.
*A shooter is allowed to load their gun while on their shooting station. However, the shooter is not allowed to close their action until the previous shooter has fired. Shooters will receive one warning. Subsequent actions will result in lost targets.
MODIFIED OR WOBBLE TRAP
*Each shooter will shoot 1 target from each station before rotating. When moving from station 5 to station 1, the shooter must unload and walk behind the squad and puller/scorekeeper. The shooter cannot close his action until the previous shooter has fired. Each shooter has 10 seconds to fire following the previous shooter’s shot. A shooter is allowed two shots at each target.
*USA Shooting rules for International Bunker Trap apply.
*Shooter may not load their gun until they are on their station.
*Shooter is not allowed to move from their station until the shooter in the next station has fired. Shooter will receive one warning. The second warning will result in two lost targets. Any subsequent warnings will disqualify the shooter for that round.
FIVE STAND SPORTING CLAYS
*NSCA rules apply.
*Shooters must start with a low gun, following the same rules used for Whiz-Bang.
*NSCA rules apply.
*Shoot-offs will begin upon the completion of Saturday’s rotation.
*American Skeet – Miss & out by station. Doubles at stations 3, 4, and 5. Come back to station 4 and shoot low house first. Then to station 3. Repeat until shoot-off is complete.
*International Skeet – Miss & out by pair. Doubles at 4, alternating shooting high house first and low house first.
*American Trap – Shoot-off will consist of 10 targets. Two targets from each station at the 23 yard line. If Shooters are still tied, they will shoot 10 more targets, 2 from each station at the 27 yard line. Repeat from 27 yard line until winner is declared.
*Modified or wobble trap – Miss & out. Shooter is allowed only one shell per target. Targets will be shot from the 16 yard line.
*5 Stand Sporting Clays – Three pair from station 3. Repeat with same or different pairs until winner is declared.
*Sporting Clays – Shoot-off will take place on the 5-Stand range. Shoot-off will consist of 3 pair from station 3. Repeat with same or different pairs until winner is declared.
*Shoot-offs for top 3 HOA places in each age division will consist of 60 targets, 10 from each discipline.
*American Skeet – Ten targets. Doubles from stations 3, 4, 5, 4, and 3, shooting the low house first at station 4 on the return.
*International Skeet – Ten targets. Doubles from stations 3, 4, 5, 4, and 3, shooting the low house first at station 4 on the return.
*American Trap – Ten targets. Two from each station on the 23 yard line.
*Modified or Wobble Trap – Ten targets. Two from each station from the 16 yard line with 2 shots allowed per target.
*5-Stand Sporting – Ten targets. One pair from each shooting station.
*Sporting Clays – Ten targets. One pair from each shooting station on the 5 stand course.
*If there is still a tie for HOA after the 60 target tie-breaker, each of the tied competitors will select one discipline in a random drawing. They will then each shoot 10 targets of both disciplines drawn for a total of 20 targets. This will continue until the tie is broken.
*Ties in HOA places 4 thru 10 will be broken by comparing individual scores using the predetermined event priority.
*Champion HOA individual in each age division will receive a gun.
*Runner-up HOA individual in each age division will receive a gun.
*Third HOA individual in each age division will receive a Pelican gun case.
*The top 3 winners in each event and each age division will receive a $100 gift card. A shooter is allowed only one gift card. If a shooter has won a gift card in an event, the next highest placing shooter in that event will receive the gift card. Gift card winners may not be limited to the top six placing. Ties will be broken by shoot-offs. All gift cards will be awarded.
Event priority is: American Trap, American Skeet, 5-Stand, International Trap, International Skeet, and Sporting Clays.
*Plaques will be awarded to the following:
1st – 6th place in each event and each age division
HOA Champion – 10th place in each age division
HOA Lady Champion – 3rd place in each age division
Acceptance of the above rules is demonstrated by the shooter when he/she begins the competition.