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Wyoming 4-H Youth Development Program|University of Wyoming Extension

Wyoming 4-H Email Shooting Match
Muzzleloader Guidelines

Information for Youth Participants

The contest will take place over five weeks - May 6 to June 3

Age divisions will be Junior, Intermediate, and Senior.

We will follow the same guidelines as the state muzzleloader match but only use the scores from the 6 bull target.

One score per week will be tallied. Participants will have all week to shoot and their score to be verified by a certified shooting sports leader.

A score can be submitted for each week (i.e. a maximum of five scores can be recorded).  The top three scores will count towards the participant's final total.

The top 10 shooters in each age division will receive a pin in recognition of their accomplishment.  The pins will be sent to the County Extension Office after the final scores have been tallied and posted to the website.

Information for Extension Staff & Shooting Sports Volunteers

Use this file to report final scores to the State 4-H Office via email.  You will need the most current version of Adobe Reader.

Final scores (do not send individual score sheets) are due to the State 4-H Office on the dates listed below:

  • May 13
  • May 20
  • May 27
  • June 3
  • June 10


Match Rules & Course of Fire


There will be two classes in the muzzleloader discipline.

  1. Muzzleloader Traditional – any muzzleloader using a patch and round ball
  2. Muzzleloader Non-traditional – any muzzleloader using sabots, conical bullet, bonded bullet, Minnie ball, or belted projectile.

All shooting events are for off-hand muzzleloader rifles. Pistols are not allowed. Only open iron sights will be allowed. Cross sticks will be allowed on designated targets. Percussion cap/.209 primers are allowed and black or synthetic black powder maybe used.


  • Competitors determined by the range commander to be unsafe will be asked to leave the event.
  • Contestants will load their own firearm under the supervision of a qualified adult. Once a contestant has demonstrated his/her proficiency, an adult may assist in loading.
  • Swab bore before reloading each shot.
  • No loading of rifles directly from powder horn or flask. An intermediate charger (powder measurer) must be used.
  • Rifles will be loaded only in designated areas and the Range Commander will cap all rifles.
  • Treat every gun as if it were loaded, keeping the muzzle pointed in a safe direction at all times.
  • Safety glasses and hearing protectors are required.


TARGETS:  25 yards, six bull target – 5 shots, juniors may use cross sticks. 


Treat a misfire or failure to fire with extreme care, keeping the gun pointed down range and wait at least 30 seconds. Immediately notify the range commander of any malfunctions.

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