California DFG Offers Black Powder Hunting Clinic

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The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is offering a black powder hunting clinic May 8 at the River Oaks Range in Winton (Merced County).

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 be target shooting with black powder firearms.

The clinic is scheduled from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. All course material and loaner black powder firearms will be provided. Personal firearms should not be brought to this clinic. The cost is $45 and space is limited to 25 people. Youths 16 years and younger are free but must be accompanied by a registered parent or guardian.

Registration forms are available at

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