Wingshooting Clinic for Youth and Women Scheduled at Shabbona Lake State Recreation Area

Chris Young
Wingshooting Clinic for Youth and Women Scheduled at Shabbona Lake State Recreation Area
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), the Illinois Conservation Foundation and several co-sponsors will be conducting a youth/women’s wingshooting clinic on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 15-16 at Shabbona Lake State Recreation Area in DeKalb Co. 

The Shabbona Lake Youth/Women’s Wingshooting Clinic is an introductory clinic designed for boys, girls and women interested in learning to shoot or in improving their ability to shoot a shotgun at moving clay targets.   During the Saturday session, typically boys and girls in the 10-15 age group participate, while women of any age, as well as girls 10 years and up, usually participate on Sunday.  Although young shooting students are typically accommodated on Saturday and women on Sunday, women can register for Saturday and boys can register for Sunday if attendance would otherwise not be possible.

A nominal fee of $10 per student is charged to register for the clinic.  The fee is used to help defray the costs of the clinic.  Safety glasses, ear protection, 28 gauge semi-automatic shotguns, shotshells, clay targets, and lunch for students are provided.

Youth/Women’s wingshooting clinics are about learning to safely shoot a shotgun at a moving target with reasonable reliability.  The clinic starts with a shotgun safety presentation at 10 a.m., followed by a short small-group hands-on shotgun orientation session with each group’s wingshooting instructor.  The afternoon is spent in the field shooting at clay targets until about 4 p.m.  Not only do the participants learn to safely handle and shoot a shotgun, but they learn that being skilled at shooting clay targets is a lot of fun.

Experienced wingshooting instructors certified by the National Sporting Clays Association and the IDNR teach the clinic.  The shooting student-to-instructor ratio is four-to-one.  Typically shooting students are grouped with others of similar shooting ability.  Advanced registration is required.  Contact IDNR Senior Wingshooting Instructor Rich Carlson at 815-758-2773 to register for the clinic.    

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