Wednesday, August 24, 2011

4-H Shooting Sports

Did you know that 4-H has a shooting sports club? Approximately 45% of the homes in the U.S. have firearms. Safe and responsible handling of firearms is vital to prevent accidents at home or next door. We meet twice a month, on the 3rd Thursday for the information/educational 4-H meeting and on the 3rd Sunday, at the Dahlstrom Ranch off FM 967 in Buda for 4 hours of shooting.

Shooting Sports includes: Archery, Muzzle Loading, Pistol, Rifle, and Shotgun with qualified instructors for each discipline and Range Safety Officers always present. These disciplines teach safety, concentration, self-discipline, self confidence, goal-setting, decision-making and courtesy to young people as they learn basic skills and build toward more advanced activities. Whether you are an occasional shooter or try your hand at local competitions, you will enjoy Hays 4-H Shooting Sports Club!

For more information, please contact the club co-managers, Rhonda S. Cox at or Connie Moy at or visit our web site at

4-H Food Project Leadership Opportunities

If you have any interest in providing leadership to the 4-H Food Project this fall, please join us on Tue., Aug. 30, at 6:30 pm, at the Extension office in San Marcos.  We will go over the basics of the project, talk about the various opportunities, and then plan county 4-H food contests (food show, food challenge, and nutrition quiz bowl).  Please share this with anyone you think may be interested.  For more information please contact: 

Laura Petty
County Extension Agent-Family & Consumer Sciences
Hays County
1253 Civic Center Loop
San Marcos, TX 78666
512-393-2120, fax 393-2136

Enroll in 4-H

August 1st started the enrollment process for the 2011-2012 4-H year in Texas. All 4-H families, new and returning, are encouraged to log and get enrolled as soon as possible in order to take advantage of the $20.00 participation fee. As you enroll in 4-H for the year, here are some tips in using 4-H Connect:

• If you already have a profile DO NOT create another one!
• If you lost your email and password - call your county office they can tell
you your e-mail address and reset your password!
• To be an official 4-H member in Texas 4-H you must have an ACTIVE profile
• An active membership will not be granted until participation fee is paid
• You cannot register for an event until your profile is ACTIVE.

Don’t wait until the last minute to enroll!  Visit 4-H Connect to get registered.

2012 Roundup Logo and Theme Contest Now Open for Submissions!!

With the 2012 Texas 4-H Roundup moving to Lubbock in 2012 the opportunity has never been greater to put your mark on Roundup. Do not miss this chance to leave your mark on history.

Entry guidelines can be found on the following site:

Major Show Animal Validation - August 26, 2011

If you are planning to have

-       market lamb and/or goat project(s) and intend to enter these projects in any of the major livestock shows (Ft. Worth, San Antonio, Houston, San Angelo, and Star of Texas)

-       breeding lamb project(s) and intend to enter them in San Antonio, San Angelo or Houston
you will need to submit a Validation Tag Order Form and check ($10 per market lamb/goat & $5 per breeding lamb) made payable to Hays County 4-H Council) to our office by this Fri., Aug. 26. 

You can access the forms by clicking on this link -  Major show tags can also be used for the Hays Co. show.

Validation of these animals as well as all Hays County Livestock show cattle, sheep, and goat entries will be done on Sat., Oct. 8 between 8:00 and 11:00 am, at the Extension office.  Validation registers an animal to an owner in Hays County by ear tag, tattoo, nose print and/or  DNA Fingerprint (hair sample).  When you validate an animal, you have declared that the animal will be raised by a youth participating in the Hays County 4-H or FFA program.

For the Hays County Livestock show, please review all the rules and information on their website -  Everything has been updated for 2012.  Hard copies should be available soon as well.

Please also be sure to visit the 4-H blog at for the latest info and resources on all 4-H happenings.

Clovers & Cameras – Texas 4-H Fall Photography Series

Find out how to make the most of your 4-H Photography project during this 5 workshop series!

4-H’ers, leaders, and volunteers will learn from the pros. All participants must be 11 years old and older and have their own camera to bring to the workshops. All workshops will run from 9 a.m to 3 p.m with lunch included.

- 5 Workshop Package- $125 includes lunch and educational booklet from all workshops

- Individual Workshop- $30 includes lunch and educational materials from individual workshop

Please contact Amy Dromgoole at 979-458-4227 or for more information.

Register on 4-H Connect August 15- September 3. Limited to the first 30 per workshop.

Sportsfishing Project - September 10, 2011

The Sportfishing Project group will have its first outing on September 10.  We will be meeting at the 4-H building at 8:00 to go to Mustang Creek Ranch for the following:

Community Service:  We would like to give back to the Sheldons who have generously allowed us to fish on their property several times, so we will be doing some Riparian management as part of a wildlife management plan.  If you have long bladed hedge trimmers and work gloves, please bring them. 

Fishing:  After working for a couple of hours, we’ll do some bass fishing, so bring your fishing poles.

Party: Finally, the Sheldons are offering to have a hot dog and hamburger roast for the kids and families.  We’ll also swim and play pool.  We need to know how many kids and adults will be there.  Parents and siblings are welcome!

RSVP: Fran Herron 512-657-1619 (call or text)