Reeves shoots at national competition

web 4H natil¬†Austin Reeves made his first trip to 4-H National Shooting Sports competition this past June, but he hopes it’s not his last.

Reeves qualified for the competition based on his state shooting scores in 2012 and made the trip to Grand Island, Neb., where he participated in .22 rifle competition.
Although Reeves didn’t place at the top in the competition, he said he enjoyed the experience.
“Nationals went good,” Reeves said. “I was just under-prepared for such a big jump in competition. The competition was more difficult because the best 4-H shooters from the country were there.”
Reeves was accompanied by Shooting Sports instructor, Brand Huffman, who said the level of the event was a lot bigger than he expected and inspired him to continue his work with the local program.
“One thing that stood out was the friendships the kids made with other kids from across the U.S.,” Huffman said.
Huffman said he hopes the local program will grow and the local shooters will be able to compete with comparable equipment as other participants.
“Some states have very nice equipment that is issued to the kids on the state team,” Huffman said. “Equipment is not everything but it does help to have competition rifles.”
Reeves said he has plans to continue with the 4-H program as long as possible.
“I do plan to continue with shooting sports,” Reeves said. “I will shoot until I’m too old in 4-H and then probably find some other competitions to shoot in because I enjoy shooting.”