June 18, 2008

Good News from Arkansas: Scholastic Shooting Programs Are Booming

For the second consecutive year, Huntsville High School and the Harrisburg Hornets junior team won their respective divisions at the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program State Championships last Saturday at Remington Gun Club.

Sponsored and organized by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the AYSSP is arguably the state’s most popular and fastest-growing outlet for youth competition.

In 2007, 918 schoolchildren from 23 schools participated, said Chuck Woodson, the AGFC’s shooting sports coordinator. This year, the ranks swelled to 2,405 children, who represented 54 schools.

Woodson said, “We already have 15 to 20 schools that want to join next year, and we’re hoping to double again. There’s always room for growth.”


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