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Youth Pheasant Hunt and Wingshooting Clinic

Wed, November 15, 2017

The Spoon River Chapter of NAVHDA is a registered 501c3 charity that not only helps new and old hunting dog trainers to train and test their own dogs but also works to provide dogs and guides for various youth and disabled hunting events in the central Illinois area.  A good example recently occurred at Clinton Lake State Recreation Area near Clinton, IL. This year’s event took place on November 11 and consisted of an IDNR youth shooting clinic in the morning followed by a controlled pheasant hunt in the afternoon.  Events in the past like this have taken part here and at Mackinaw State Fish and Wildlife Area.  Clinic participants are paired up with a trained wing shooting instructor and then with a guide and dog for each respective event.

If you have interest in training your own hunting dog (for testing or just to hunt), please consider Spoon River.  Our Chapter consists of members both young and old and varies with experience and breeds.  For $35 per year you receive access to excellent training grounds in central Illinois, new and costly training equipment, knowledge and experience from all the Chapter members, and a chance to gain some friends that love to be outdoors hunting and fishing with their dogs.  Kids are always welcome and many of our members have them participate in our events.  Training days typically occur at least once a month starting in early 2018 and run until hunting season begins.  Members are also given opportunities to guide at various local hunting clubs and at various youth and disabled hunting events.  Join us in 2018!