DFG to Offer Black Powder Hunting Clinic in April

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The California Department of Fish and Game’s (DFG) Advanced Hunter Education Program will offer a black powder hunting clinic in Merced County on April 30.

Designed for all skill levels, the clinic will include both lecture and live-fire exercises. The lecture portion will include a short history of black powder shooting, different styles of black powder rifles used today, how to safely load and shoot a black powder rifle, laws and regulations pertaining to black powder hunting and strategies for hunting with black powder firearms.

The live-fire exercise will include target shooting with black powder firearms. All course material and loaner black powder firearms will be provided. Participants should not bring their personal firearms.

The clinic will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the River Oaks Range in Winton, seven miles north of Atwater. Space is limited to 25 people and the cost is $45. Youths 16 years and younger are free but must be accompanied by a registered parent or guardian.

Registration forms are available online at www.dfg.ca.gov/huntered/advanced/blackpowder.aspx.

After registering, participants will receive an e-mail with a map to the facility and a list of items to bring.