Hunters Wingshooting Clinic Scheduled at the Des Plaines Fish and Wildlife Area

Chris Young
Hunters Wingshooting Clinic Scheduled at the Des Plaines Fish and Wildlife Area
SPRINGFIELD, IL � The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and the Illinois Conservation Foundation are sponsoring a Hunters Wingshooting Clinic on Saturday and Sunday, September 20-21 at the Des Plaines Fish and Wildlife Area.

The Hunters Wingshooting Clinic at the Des Plaines Fish and Wildlife Area in Will County consists of two 4-hour wingshooting sessions each day. Morning sessions run from 8 a.m. until 12 noon, and afternoon sessions run from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.  The clinic sessions are taught by instructors certified by both the National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA) and the IDNR. The clinics are designed primarily to improve the wingshooting skills of hunters.  Hunters interested in improving their ability to hit moving targets with a shotgun are encouraged to attend.  However, these wingshooting clinics are not limited only to hunters.  Anyone from 16 years of age on up who wants to improve their shotgun shooting skills, or anyone who wants just to experience shooting an interesting sporting clays course, can attend.  In addition, participants will have a fun time shooting with friends or new acquaintances with similar shooting abilities.

Hunters Wingshooting Clinics are hands-on, and include extensive live fire at a variety of clay target presentations on a specially-designed sporting clays course.  For the two-day clinic the sporting clays course will be set-up on that part of the Des Plaines FWA east of Interstate 55.  The clay target presentations represent typical hunting scenarios.  From ducks and doves to pheasants, quail and rabbits, hunters will find clay target presentations that resemble their favorite, as well as their most troublesome, shots.  Since upland game, woodcock and waterfowl seasons will be right around the corner, there will be presentations typical of upland game and waterfowl hunting as well as the elusive woodcock to provide an opportunity for hunters to tune-up their shooting skills.

The participant-to-instructor ratio is four to one.  Typically participants are squadded with others of similar shooting ability.  There will be a short (approximately 10-15 minute) briefing about shotgun safety and handling and on-range safety at the start of each session.
Advanced registration is required and the fee for a session is $30 per person.  Registration forms for the IDNR/Des Plaines Fish and Wildlife Area Hunters Wingshooting Clinic can be accessed at:   Click on the date you plan to attend to access the appropriate forms.  Follow the instructions on the forms.

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