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Hunter Education - Shooting Outreach

Getting Started in Shooting Sports

Upland birds and waterfowl offer some of the best hunting opportunities for a young hunter in Oregon.

  • Nine resident species of upland birds
  • Over 20 species of waterfowl commonly seen during hunting season
  • Generous daily bag limits
  • Long seasons
  • Extensive areas of public land where access is free
  • 15 state managed wildlife areas

In addition you can practice your shotgun skills shooting clay targets year round on more than 60 trap, skeet and sporting clays courses around the state.

Shotgun shooting is:

  • Safe. One of the safest recreations according to the National Safety Council.
  • Fun for the whole family. Male and female can participate on equal terms.
  • A lifelong activity. There are no age limits.
  • Economical. You do not have to spend a fortune to get started.

Clinics and Hunts

Each fall, the Department of Fish and Wildlife organizes youth pheasant hunts and shotgun skills clinics at many of its wildlife areas. At the clinics, instructors use clay targets to teach beginners safe and correct shooting. They also coach more experienced shooters to improve their skills.

Clinics are free and open to anyone under 18 (you must be accompanied by an adult). Shotgun shells and clay targets are provided free and many clinics will loan shotguns.

The objectives are:

  • To give beginners an introduction to shotgun shooting
  • To help young hunters improve their shooting skills
  • To coach more experienced shooters
  • To ensure that even those young hunters who do not harvest a pheasant, have the opportunity to shoot and break clay targets.

The hunt and clinic schedule is published each year in the Game Bird Regulations which are published in late August. No reservations are required for the clinics, however reservations are recommended for the Pheasant Hunts.


These programs are funded by the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act (Pittman-Robertson) and the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act (Wallop-Breaux).


The Oregon Outdoor Skills Program is subject to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title IX of the Education Amendments 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and offers all persons the opportunity to participate in programs and activities regardless of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability. No individual will be turned away from or otherwise be denied access to or benefit from, any program or activity on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability. Complaints of discrimination should be sent to Chief, Public Civil Rights Division, Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20240


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