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Gamebird Hunting Essentials Masterclass

The Gamebird Hunting Essentials Masterclass (formerly the Shotgunning Education Program) was developed by a Game Management Authority, SSAA Victoria and Field and Game Australia to assist hunters in improving their chances of bagging birds and reducing wounding rates. With an increasing number of animal rights activists trying to stamp out duck hunting, educating hunters and reducing wounding is more important than ever before.

The one-day, hands-on workshops are run by accredited trainers, will assist Australian hunters in the use of non-toxic shot, equipment selection and the development of key shooting and hunting skills, while sharing proven hunting strategies and techniques with attendees. The program was specifically designed to deliver practical benefits to all game bird hunters, from novice to experienced.

The Gamebird Hunting Essentials Masterclass includes:

  • shooting skills coaching
  • estimating distance
  • matching choke and load to hunting location and target species
  • pattern testing field choke and load combinations specific to your shotgun
  • gamebird retrieval strategies

Join in or get a group together and become a more effective and efficient gamebird hunter.

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  • The package includes
  • What to bring

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The package includes


  • Pattern sheets
  • Clay targets
  • Steel shot target ammunition (typically between 100 and 150 rounds)
  • Expert instruction and coaching from qualified trainers
  • Tom Roster DVD, with further tips on improving your shotgunning experience

What to bring

All trainers and trainees must bring the following:

  • Current firearms licence
  • Safety gear, including ear and eye protection, high-visibility cap or vest, sunscreen
  • Typical shotgun used for legally hunting waterfowl with non-toxic shot (excludes Damascus twist barrelled shotguns and muzzle-loading shotguns)
  • All firearms must be legally registered and in good working order
  • All firearm maintenance equipment, including choke tubes and spanner
  • Hunting/target shooting jacket, ammunition/game bag or cartridge belt
  • Suitable clothing and footwear for all weather conditions
  • Receipt of course payment and ticket
  • If you wish to evaluate it, bring your preferred non-toxic (steel) hunting ammunition
  • As this event will not be catered, all participants must bring all of their own food and drink