Duck hunters using steel shot have the chance to learn how to become better game bird hunters with the continuation of the Shotgunning Education Program practical workshops.
The next workshop will be held on May 19-20 weekend at the Eagle Park’s Sporting Clays range, Little River, with an introductory course on the Saturday and an advanced course on the Sunday.
Developed by SSAA Victoria, Field and Game Australia and the Victorian Government (Game Management Authority), the program is conducted by expert shooters.
They provide practical and theoretical training to build hunter understanding of equipment, shooting skill level and hunting methods.
“It’s all about improving hunting outcomes, so even people with plenty of experience will get something out of it,” said SSAA Victoria Hunting Development Manager, David Laird.
The outcomes are to reduce wounding losses in game bird hunting by explaining the importance of pattern testing, chokes and loads.
The GMA said poor shooting skill, the use of inappropriate load and choke combinations for non-toxic shot and poor distance estimation are the three contributing factors that increase the wounding rate of hunted birds.
The workshop addresses these aspects of wounding by providing information and instruction to trainees on:
the use of appropriate choke and load for different hunting scenarios,
best practice for pattern testing choke and load combinations to determine lethal shooting distance and pattern density,
testing equipment limitations and personal shooting skills limitations; and
providing scenarios for distance estimation.
Cost is $150 for adults and $100 for juniors, which pays for up to 150 rounds of ammo, targets, a Tom Roster DVD and the improvement in hunting skills.
Bookings are now open for the May 19-20 workshops via Evenbrite.
For a spot in the INTRODUCTORY course, held Saturday May 19, click here.
For the ADVANCED course, on Sunday May 20, click here.
For more course information including booklet, visit www.gma.vic.gov.au/education/shotgunning-education