Basic Shotgun Certification

Course Description

The Basic Shotgun Coach Certification training course is administered through the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The course is designed to teach basic shotgun coaching techniques and team management fundamentals for leading youth trap, sporting clays and/or skeet teams. The course is designed for experienced shooters/coaches and novices alike. Course content includes an overview of the Scholastic Clay Target Program, safety, range orientation and setup, eye dominance, gun-fit, coaching fundamentals, teaching the new shooter, risk management, coaching logistics and equipment.

The DNR Basic Shotgun Coaches Certification Training is a one day course starting at 8:00 a.m. and finishing at 5:00 p.m. The course is 70% classroom and 30% range with all students shooting approximately 25 shots (targets and ammunition will be provided, shotguns will be provided if needed).

Registration fee is $60 for all participants. All coach candidates must pass the practical portion (on range) and also pass a written exam with a score of 80% or above.

Lunch is provided on site.

Attendees should bring a shotgun (12 ga or 20 ga), eye, and ear protection.  Ammunition and clays will be provided.

Schedule of Classes


October 28, Otter Creek Sportsman’s Club, Cedar Rapids, IA

Price: $60.00

Date: October 28, 2017

Available Spaces: 0

November 5, Cresco Wildlife Club, Cresco, IA

Price: $60.00

Date: November 5, 2017

Available Spaces: 8

November 11, Clinton County Sportsman’s Club, DeWitt, IA

Price: $60.00

Date: November 11, 2017

Available Spaces: 10