Tagget Nilsen

Tagget Nilsen, 13, and Tanner Zimmer, 13, left, darw back compound bows during the first 4-H State Hunting Skills competition Saturday. Tagget is the son of Kayla and Tony Nilsen of Hazard, and Tanner is the son of Lonnie and Dayna Zimmer of Pleasanton.

PLEASANTON — River’s Edge Outdoorsmen 4-H Club organized the first 4-H State Hunting Skills Competition Saturday west of Pleasanton.

The competition included written testing on wildlife identification, wildlife management and hunter decision making, as well as shooting .22-caliber rifle silhouettes and 3D archery.

Fifteen children, ages 8 and older, and adults from Buffalo, Sherman, Phelps and Custer counties competed during the written portion of the completion, according to event organizer Heidi Darby of Pleasanton. Thirteen people also competed during the shooting portion of the competition.

The club provided guns, ammunition, bows and arrows for the competitors to shoot. Darby said all their equipment, including a trailer to haul it, has been purchased through grants from the Friends of NRA totaling more than $20,000 during the past five years.

“Youth shooting sports education is very important to them (NRA),” Darby said. “Building that next generation, that passion in these kids.”

Results of the competition are:

Junior Division - First place, Tucker Nilsen; second place, Arianna Johnson.

Intermediate Division - First Place, Tagget Nilsen; second place, Trevor Taubenheim; third place, Clayt Peterson.

Senior Division - First place, McKenna Darby.

Adult Division - First place, Clayton Darby; second place, David Steinbrink.