Do you prefer to hit targets with your shotgun?  I know I do and so do most of my friends and acquaintances.  How do you do that?  Well, folks, it’s not just practice.  If you haven’t learned the fundamentals, you can practice until the cows come home and you’re just going to be reinforcing bad habits.

Fortunately, there is an opportunity to learn the fundamentals for next to nothing at IDNR Wingshooting Clinics.  They have an introductory clinic for kids, ladies and novice men on June 24 & June 25 at the Middle Fork Fish & Wildlife Area.

I took one of these last year and wow.  It was exceptional.  I came home sore and a little bruised (my fault for using a pump shotgun) but the learning will last forever!  HIGHLY recommended.

From our friends at Pheasants Forever & Darrell Smith:

Just a quick reminder that spaces remain available for the IDNR Introductory Wingshooting Clinic, June 24-25 at Middle Fork Fish and Wildlife Area. There’s no better way to introduce a newcomer–man, woman or youth–to the shooting sports. Taught by instructors certified by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and/or the National Sporting Clays Association, the clinic is open to male and female novice and beginner shooters 10 years of age and over. 28-gauge shotguns and shells, as well as lunch, will be provided. You can register online for either day, at

See the attached flyer for more details, and feel free to contact IDNR Lead Instructor Terry Doyle at 815-258-8474 if you have questions.