The Gamebird Hunting Essentials Masterclass (formerly Shotgunning Education Program) returns with two courses at the SSAA Victoria Eagle Park range on February 16 and 17.
Beginner and novice shooters can book for Feb 16, while a special junior program is scheduled for Feb 17 with free entry.
The program is designed to assist Australian hunters in the use of non-toxic shot and to provide education material which will assist game bird hunters in equipment selection, development of key shooting and hunting skills and proven hunting strategies and techniques.
It is endorsed and delivered through the cooperation of the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (Victoria) (SSAA) and Field & Game Australia (FGA).
This one-day course provides information to hunters to improve their skills, as well as hands-on practical training, which will help improve the collection of game and ensure that game bird hunting is sustainable and humane.
It will then look at pattern testing a shotgun to various distances and choke/load combinations and compare the results to the Tom Roster’s Nontoxic Shot Lethality Table as adapted for Australian Game Birds.
Hunting skills are then honed by examining, demonstrating and practicing distance estimation (for target acquisition) and shooting skills (simulated target practice).
To encourage more of our young hunters to participate, the Junior masterclass on February 17 is free of charge. Juniors must be accompanied by an adult (who will supervise only).