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California Department of Fish and Game offers black powder hunting clinic

March 23, 2011 | 11:27 am

A hunter puts black powder into his single shot flintlock. The California Department of Fish and Game will be holding a black powder hunting clinic on April 30 in Merced County as part of its advanced hunter education program. Designed for all skill levels, the clinic will include both lectures and live-fire exercises.

The lecture portion will include a brief 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 in Merced County.

The cost is $45 and space is limited to 25, so those interested are advised to register early.

Those 16 and younger will be admitted free but must be accompanied by an adult. Registration, including fee payment, closes two weeks before the workshop date and can be completed online.

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

For more information, e-mail or call DFG Lt. Dan Lehman at (916) 358-4356.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: A hunter puts black powder into his single shot flintlock. Credit: Branson Reynolds / For The Times