SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and the Decatur Gun Club are sponsoring a Hunters Wingshooting Clinic on Saturday and Sunday, August 23-24 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 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 on 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. The sporting clays course will be overlaid onto the Decatur Gun Club’s skeet and trap fields for the two-day clinic. 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 dove season will be right around the corner, there will be presentations representing typical dove field shooting scenarios to provide an opportunity for dove hunters to tune-up their shooting skills.
The participant-to-instructor ratio is four to one. Typically participants shoot with others of similar 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 $35 per person. Registration forms for the IDNR/Decatur Gun Club Hunters Wingshooting Clinic can be accessed at: http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/programs/wingshooting/WingshootingDates.htm
Click on the date you plan to attend to access the appropriate forms. Follow the instructions on the forms.