From the Illinois Department of Natural Resources - Wingshooting Clinics Scheduled at Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area and the Decatur Gun Club

Clinic sessions planned for April 13-14 at JEPC and May 4-5 at the Decatur Gun Club

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is sponsoring wingshooting clinics for hunters on Saturday and Sunday, April 13-14 at the Jim Edgar Panther Creek (JEPC) State Fish and Wildlife Area and at the Decatur Gun Club on Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5.

Two 4-hour wingshooting sessions are available on 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 to improve the wingshooting skills of hunters. Hunters interested in improving their ability to hit moving targets with a shotgun are encouraged to attend. In addition, hunters will have a fun time shooting with friends or new acquaintances with similar shooting abilities.

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Friends of NRA travels to Massachusetts and Vermont for a little education and a lot of fun

Friends of NRA's Matt Duff visits New England patriots on Outdoor Channel

Fairfax, Virginia - This weekend you can catch Episode 7 of Friends of NRA on Outdoor Channel. For three seasons we've followed Matt and Jessie Duff around the country, and now the world, as they the meet the inspiring ways people show their support for the NRA. Each episode we learn a little more about the NRA family and we've only just scratched the surface.

Last episode our dynamic duo trekked the Oregon coast and squeezed in a white water rafting trip. This week it's back to the East Coast as Friends of NRA is in search of New England patriots.

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NRA welcomes Triggers host Wil Willis to examine and shoot shotguns at the headquarters range

Browning Auto-5 and pump action shotguns at the NRA Museum in Fairfax, Virginia

Fairfax, Virginia - Producers for the Military Channel's Triggers: Weapons that changed the World came to NRA Headquarters for a look at our shotguns. But a look is only so much fun. To get the full effect, to appreciate the design, the craftsmanship, the power ... you really have to shoot these shotguns.

So that's just what we did.

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Matt and Jessie Duff visit the National High School Finals Rodeo in Wyoming

Fairfax, Virginia - We're now more than half way through the third season of Friends of NRA's on the Outdoor Channel. Hard to believe, right? It seems like it was only a week ago when Matt and Jessie kicked off the new season.

But there's no time for lamenting ... let's look at this weekend's episode.

On Sunday's show, the Duffs head to the Cowboy State known as Wyoming. They are there to trade in their baseball caps for the more traditional cowboy variety. Once arriving in Rock Springs, Matt and Jessie mosey on over to the NRA and Weatherby-sponsored National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) — an event that brings in kids from all over the world.

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It's business time for Friends of NRA's Jessie as she brings her shotgun to bear

The Outdoor Channel's Friends of NRA television show follows Matt and Jessie Duff as they travel around the United States in search of the NRA experience. After a few leisurely episodes in Season 3, it's time for Friends of NRA to go to work.

During episode 4, scheduled to air Sunday night, Matt and Jessie return from their South American excursion only to make way for the Bluegrass State of Kentucky. That's where Jessie plans to compete in the 1st Annual Benelli Tactical Shotgun Championship.

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Students travel north for Shotgun Lessons

Centreville, Virginia - A handful of students from Richmond's Virginia Commonwealth University made it up last week and were looking to have their first shotgun experience. Luckily, we took a few cameras along to memorialize the occasion.

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No matter where you live, the joy of the shooting sports should be accessible

December 2012 NRA InSights

Fairfax, Virginia - This month's issue of NRA InSights shows you how sharing your love for the shooting sports can be the biggest gift of all. Read on to learn about one generous firearms enthusiast who brought the shooting sports to the inner-city schools of Memphis, Tennessee and is helping shape a whole new generation of trap and skeet shooters.

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Shoots for 40 years, donates awards to NRA Museum

Around this time last year, 80+ year old Hazel Poole of Indiana donated her 'Scare Jacket' to the NRA National Firearms Museum:

Fairfax, Virginia - The National Firearms Museum receives donations every year — some from within our own NRA family. Today, Museum Director Jim Supica received just that kind of donation from the Hazel Poole of Indiana donates her shotgun Scare Jacket to National Firearms Museum Director Jim Supica family of our very own Bill Poole, the Director of NRA’s Education & Training Division.

It’s no secret to NRA employees that Bill is a wizard when it comes to the game of trapshooting. When you meet his mother Hazel, it’s easy to understand where Bill not only gets his shooting skills, but his sense of humor too.

Hazel flew in from Indiana to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with Bill and his family. While here, she made a unique donation to the National Firearms Museum: her “Scare Jacket.”

Many competitive shooters own Scare Jackets (or shooting vests) embellished with the patches, pins, medals, and other awards they collected over the years. And Hazel’s jacket is certainly scary enough to warn other competitive shooters that she was quite the force to be reckoned with on the range.

As an accomplished trap shooter, Hazel is an Indiana State Trap Champion and a Hall of Fame trap shooter in both Indiana and Kentucky. Her Scare Jacket is covered with patches and pins that recognize her accomplishments on the trap field including State Team and Ladies’ Champion titles. The largest patch of all is on the back of the jacket — the Ladies’ Champion at the Dayton Homecoming Grand American in 1970, a major competition for trap shooters.

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College students learn reading, writing, arithmetic and shotguns

A Virginia college student shoots shotgun during trap outing in Virginia
A Virginia college student shoots shotgun during trap outing in Virginia

It appears that our summer intern just can't let go.

After bringing his some friends up from Virginia Commonwealth University for an afternoon of shotgun lessons, our Mister James Poole filed this report with NRAblog.

Centreville, Virginia - As the fog cleared that morning, blazers and bowties were turned in for shooting vests and 12 gauge shells. The students of Virginia Commonwealth University were on “Fall Break. With their new found free time, they took the opportunity to participate in a private Trap Shooting Clinic hosted by NRA Education and Training.

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