Wingshooting Clinics Scheduled at the Decatur Gun Club

Chris McCloud
Wingshooting Clinics Scheduled at the Decatur Gun Club
SPRINGFIELD, IL � The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and the Decatur Gun Club is sponsoring wingshooting clinics for hunters on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24-25 and for women and young shooters on Sunday, Sept.29 at the Decatur Gun Club.

The Hunters Wingshooting Clinic at the Decatur Gun Club 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 will be 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 and older who wants to improve their shotgun shooting skills can attend.  In addition, participants will have a fun time shooting with friends or new acquaintances with similar shooting abilities.  The fee is $35 per participant.

Hunter�s wingshooting clinics are hands-on and include extensive live fire at a variety of clay target presentations on specially-designed sporting clays courses.  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.

The sporting clays course at the Decatur Gun Club will be overlaid onto the Decatur Gun Club�s skeet and trap fields for the two-day clinic.  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 15 minutes) briefing about shotgun safety and handling and on-range safety at the start of each session.

The IDNR/ Decatur Gun Club�s Youth/Women�s Wingshooting Clinic on Sept. 29 is an introductory clinic designed for boys, girls and women interested in learning to shoot or improving their ability to shoot a shotgun at a moving target.  Women, boys and girls in the 10-15 age group are eligible to participate.  There is a nominal $10 fee to register for the Youth/Women�s Wingshooting Clinic.

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 11:30 a.m. followed by a short small group hands-on shotgun orientation session with each group�s wingshooting instructor.  These clinics are taught by instructors certified by both the National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA) and the IDNR. 

Lunch is provided for participants, and following lunch the afternoon is spent in the field shooting 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.   

Advanced registration is required.  Registration forms for the IDNR/Decatur Gun Club Wingshooting Clinics 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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