Battling the competition as well as Mother Nature, the McCulloch County 4-H Shooting Sports team sent 20 members to San Antonio last week for a six-day participation in the State 4-H Shoot. According to McCulloch County Extension Agent Jerry Kidd, this year’s annual event was marked by regular intervals of deluge intermingled with bits of sunshine. “The only day the weather was actually what we normally expected was on Sunday as we were packing up and leaving after the competition was completely over,” he said. “But taking the conditions into account, our kids did remarkably well.” The State 4-H Shoot is held each year at the National Shooting Sports Complex in San Antonio. The event hosts shotgun, archery, rifle and pistol competition for 4-H members from around the state. Shooters from McCulloch County participated in any number of shotgun shooting disciplines including American trap and skeet, five stand, walking sporting clays and international or modified trap and skeet. When it was all said and done this year, Brady and McCulloch County were well represented with several individuals of various ages and competition levels shooting well enough to have their name at the top of the leader boards. According to Kidd, with the level of competition, despite personal best scores for many, edging their way into the top six places was extremely difficult. “We had several kids shoot personal bests which was quite impressive considering the conditions,” said Kidd. “We also had several shooters perform well enough to win their divisions. “I can’t begin to explain how tough the weather made these conditions,” said Kidd. “I know for a fact that there was one group of shooters standing in ankle-deep water shooting at targets through the pouring rain. I even saw one of our kids come off the range and literally pour water out of his barrel. Everyone was in it together and some were able to overcome the challenges and perform.” The 20 participants and their family members gathered at the McCulloch County camp site off-and-on throughout the week. A compound of travel trailers and motor homes gave McCulloch County shooters a home base where they could rest and visit throughout the day. “We had a group of probably 10 campers that gave us one of the better places to hang out, but the complex was filled with probably 250- 300 others. It was a massive gathering of 4-H kids from all over the state.” A complete wrap-up of the local shooters and how they fared in the shoot will be published in Friday’s edition.