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May 21, 2014 
Chris Young 
Wingshooting Clinic Scheduled for the Des Plaines Fish and Wildlife Area 
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and a number of cooperating partners are sponsoring a wingshooting clinic for youth and women on June 7-8 at the Des Plaines Fish and Wildlife Area in Will County near Wilmington, IL.

The 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 targets.  On Saturday, boys and girls ages 10-15 participate while women of any age, as well as girls 10 years and up, usually participate on Sunday.  However, young shotgun shooters can be accommodated on Sunday and women shotgun shooters can be accommodated on Saturday if they have scheduling conflicts with the normal days.  Because there are several co-sponsors, this youth/women’s clinic is provided at no cost to participants.

Youth/Women’s wingshooting clinics are about learning to safely shoot a shotgun at moving targets with reasonable reliability.  The clinic starts with a shotgun safety presentation at 10:00 a.m., followed by a short small group hands-on shotgun orientation session with each group’s wingshooting instructor.  The remainder of the morning and part of the afternoon are spent in the field shooting clay targets until about 4:00 p.m.  Shotguns and shotshells are provided.  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.

This clinic is taught by instructors certified by the IDNR and the National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA).  The participant-to-instructor ratio is four to one.  Typically participants are grouped with others of similar shooting ability.   

Advanced registration is required.  Registration forms for the Des Plaines Fish and Wildlife Area 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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