Did you know that more people target shoot than play baseball? Shooting sports promote concentration and focus and have been shown to increase self-esteem, particularly in young participants. Learn how you can get involved in this fun, safe and unique activity using the resources below.
Archery and Shooting Sports Opportunities
Nebraska Game and Parks and 4-H both offer classes, workshops, camps and more specifically for young shooters interested in learning more about archery and other shooting sports.
JOAD is a nationwide program of USA Archery that provides youth, ages 8-20, with ongoing archery classes that help them progress from beginner to advanced level archery, at their own pace.
4-H Shooting Sports teach youth safe gun handling and sound fundamentals of shooting sports under the guidance of caring and knowledgeable adult volunteers. This is a youth development educational program. It uses skills and disciplines of shooting to assist young people and their leaders in obtaining knowledge and developing skills. Project choices for youth include archery, shotgun, air rifle/BB gun, smallbore rifle, air pistol, smallbore pistol, muzzleloading, and hunting and outdoor skills.
The annual Nebraska youth smallbore silhouette invitational is the longest-running organized youth shooting event in Nebraska and is held each September at Pressey Wildlife Management Area. This free competition is open to all youth age 11 or older who have successfully completed Hunter Education and who have not yet graduated from high school. The 2022 event will be Saturday, Sept. 24. For more information, call Matthew Haumont at 308-872-2348.
Explore Archery is perfect for youth, ages 8 and up, looking to learn basics of archery. Held quarterly at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln, students learn fundamentals, range safety, and proper shooting form, play exciting games and earn achievement awards. Equipment is provided.
The Cornhusker Trap Shooting Program provides high school, junior high and 6th grade students the opportunity to participate in the Annual Cornhusker High School and Junior High School Trap Shoot. The Cornhusker Trap Shoot is open to all shooters nationwide grades 6-12 who have completed a hunter education course.
Shooting Sports Facilities
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission offers several family-friendly shooting ranges across the state for shooting sports enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels. These ranges offer beginners a safe, fun place to learn the basics of archery, shotgun and more under the guidance of trained experts. Shooters of all skill levels will appreciate the state-of-the-art facilities, classes, workshops, competitions and more.
The Eric Wiebe Shooting Complex features all-weather ranges for pellet gun, archery, muzzle-loader, .22 rifle, shotgun, tomahawk, atlatl and slingshot. Visitors are welcome to bring their archery equipment to the 3-D archery range, but NO outside firearms or pellet guns/BB guns are allowed to be used in this educational shooting complex. Firearms will be provided by Ponca State Park for regularly scheduled shooting sports programs.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center is located in Lincoln. This facility is a unique combination of a public shooting range and education center, featuring a 32 lane 30-yard indoor archery range, 10 lane 25 yard indoor firearm range and outdoor archery target range, broadhead range and 3D range. This family friendly center provides educational programming for new and experienced shooters as well as a destination park for recreational shooting.
The Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Complex is a family-friendly shooting sports complex located at Platte River State Park, near Louisville. This center features an outdoor archery range with a shooting tower, small-bore rifle range, a trap range with 5 stand feature and indoor pellet gun shooting gallery. All are welcome, regardless of age, ability, or skill level.
The Wildcat Hills Shooting Sports Complex is a family-friendly shooting sports education center located in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. The center features archery, small bore, indoor pellet gun shooting gallery, shotgun, and rifle ranges.
Firearm and Archery ranges
In addition to the firearm and archery ranges at the shooting complexes mentioned above, there are many standalone ranges across the state.
View firearm and archery ranges in Nebraska
Shooting sports organizations
Shooting sports organizations enable hunters and shooters to find trainings, sanctioned shootings sports events, classes and competitions and much more.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation aims to help people enjoy the shooting sports thorough partnership collaboration and industry representation.
Bowhunting 360 is dedicated to helping archers of all levels improve their skills. This organization offers insights on shooting technique, gear, recipes and much more through its website.
The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) is an in-school archery program aimed at improving educational performance among students in grades 4-12.