The Nueces County Trap and Skeet Club is an organization chartered by Texas 4-H. The club gives 4-H students, ages 8-18, a chance to learn about firearms, both their use and their safe handling. This club,while it has been a lesser known offshoot of the myriad of 4-H programs available to students, has been growing in leaps and bounds, according to Dawn Youngblood, Club Manager for the Nueces County Trap and Skeet Club, which now boasts 88 members.

“Our club has grown exponentially over the past couple of years, becoming the largest shooting club in
the state of Texas,” said Youngblood.
This club arms students with the ability to learn how to use a firearm, a skill that has been falling out
favor among many. Participants meet at the Corpus Christi Pistol and Rifle Club, where they practice
shooting and are coached twice a week by volunteers who work with students on technique and
accuracy. There are four different disciplines that students can choose to participate in through the club.
These are skeet shooting, whiz-gong, trap and sporting clays. Each of these different games have the
clays, the flying targets that break apart upon being shot, flying across the field of vision in different
ways.
The marksmen are required to complete a hunter’s safety course before they are able to shoot for the
team and are also required to wear ear and eye protection when shooting.
“This event really takes young people out of their comfort zone,” said Youngblood.
According to Youngblood, this sport is something that students can participate in and build confidence
with no matter their skill level in other sports.
“This sport, while students compete with their teammates, they are competing against themselves and
their best score. It is a highly mental discipline,” said Youngblood.
Students are able to choose which shoots their budget and time allows them to participate in. Each
county hosts their own shoot, similar to the way each county hosts their own livestock show. Students
use these shows to hone their craft in preparation for the State shoot in July.
The Nueces County club is gearing up to host their shoot in two weeks, on May 3 and 4. The money
raised through this shoot helps pay the fees for the State shoot and buys ammunition and gear for the
club. The event currently has over 30 sponsors, which Youngblood attests to the reputation of the young
people involved.
“Our support is growing because they (sponsors) see the caliber of young people that this club
produces,” said Youngblood.
The club even has shotguns that kids can use to try out the sport to see if they would enjoy participating
in it. Students have used this club to springboard into their local FFA shooting clubs and even to head to
the Junior Olympics in shooting.