IDNR Announces 2015 Wingshooting Clinic Schedule

Chris Young
IDNR Announces 2015 Wingshooting Clinic Schedule
SPRINGFIELD, IL � The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), collaborating with many partners and co-sponsors, will be holding 32 wingshooting clinics at sites throughout Illinois from March through early November this year.  Most clinics are conducted on weekends. 

Many of the 2015 wingshooting clinics will be conducted at IDNR sites, while a number will be held at cooperating gun clubs and shooting ranges, hunting preserves, and farms.

Youth/Women�s Wingshooting Clinics are about learning to safely shoot a shotgun at a moving target with reasonable reliability.  Girls and boys typically in the 10-15 age group � and women of all ages � are eligible to participate.  Each youth/women�s clinic starts with a morning shotgun safety presentation, followed by a brief small group hands-on shotgun orientation session with each group�s wingshooting instructor.  After a lunch break, students spend the afternoon in the field shooting flying clay targets on presentations designed for beginning and novice shooters.  Not only do the students learn to safely handle and fire a shotgun, but they learn that being skilled at shooting clay targets is a lot of fun.  Most youth/women�s clinics are provided at no cost to participants.  A few have a nominal - typically $10 - registration fee.  Shotguns, shot shells, and clay targets are provided for shooting students, as is lunch at many clinic sites.    

Hunter Wingshooting Clinics are hands-on, and include extensive live fire at a variety of clay target presentations on sporting clays courses specifically designed for teaching typical hunting situations.  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.  Hunter wingshooting clinics consist of two wingshooting sessions each day. 
A short briefing about shotgun safety and handling and on-range safety occurs during the first 15 minutes of each four-hour shooting session.  The clinics are designed primarily to improve the wingshooting skills of hunters.  However, these wingshooting clinics are not limited to hunters.  Anyone from 16 years of age on up with beginning to advanced wingshooting skills who wants to improve their shotgun shooting skills can attend.  The fee to participate is either $30 or $35 per participant, depending on the clinic.

Clinics are taught by instructors certified by the IDNR.  Many clinic instructors also have a National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA) instructor certification.  The participant-to-instructor ratio is usually four to one.  Participants are typically grouped with other shooters with similar shooting ability.

There are also a few special wingshooting clinics/activities on the schedule.  The IDNR�s Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) program offers shotgun shooting classes as part of an extensive outdoor skills program.  These classes, taught by IDNR Wingshooting Instructors, are among the most popular classes among BOW participants.  During the National Hunting and Fishing Days activities at Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area in September, the opportunity to shoot flying clay targets is available under the supervision of IDNR Hunter Safety Instructors.  The �Healing Outside Of A Hospital� (HOOAH) program provides sporting clays shooting under the supervision of IDNR Wingshooting Instructors to active duty military personnel recovering from injuries, and disabled veterans.

To view the 2015 IDNR Wingshooting Clinic schedule, and register for a clinic, check the IDNR website at this link:
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