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.
The 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.
At JEPC, the hunters’ sporting clays course is located in the hills and valleys near the site’s hand trap range. The sporting clays course in Decatur 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.
Advanced registration is required. To register for the JEPC Hunters Wingshooting Clinic, call the site office at 217-452-7741. 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.