Hunting and Shooting Skills Classes

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Complementary hands-on classes build on the foundation of our required hunter education course to increase your skills in the field. Check the calendar below for workshops and courses near you.


  • Basic and advanced rifle and shotgun shooting
  • Introduction to trap and skeet
  • Wildlife identification
  • Introduction to deer, turkey, and waterfowl hunting
  • Advanced hunting techniques

Hunting Events

Register by June 22

Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Participants should bring their hunting shotgun & choke tubes if applicable, non-toxic shotgun ammunition they wish to pattern, eye/ear protection, lunch, and a stool or chair. Clay targets, 12 & 20-gauge non-toxic practice ammunition will be provided. This is a free workshop that will help migratory and upland bird hunters improve their hunting skills with non-toxic shot. Topics include: how to select the best ammunition and choke combination for hunting, how to improve your shooting skills, general information on the latest non-toxic shotgun ammunition, how to improve your range & distance estimation skills, and how to properly pattern your shotgun.

Register by August 18

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to learn the most effective methods for dove hunting. We will discuss the biology of the bird and then teach you how to wing shoot using the Effective Wing Shooting for the Hunter techniques. We will discuss using decoys and how to use concealment to your benefit.

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Each year on the forth Saturday in September we celebrate NHF day by providing one free hour of shooting on the rifle/pistol range, shotgun patterning range, or the archery range and for shotgun shooters we allow one free round of trap or skeet. Bring your own firearms and ammunition to participate and regular check in, hours, and fees apply for other hours/rounds needed.

Register by November 3

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Learn the basics of hunting the whitetail deer. We will cover scouting, setup, taking the shot and much more.

Register by December 8

Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Are you interested in hunting on public land close to home? How about healthy lean meat choices for you and your family? Do like the idea of liberal hunting seasons, methods, and limits? If you’ve answered “YES” to these questions, hunting small game may be for you!