CDFW to Offer Hunter Marksmanship Clinic in Modesto

Media contacts:
Lt. Dan Lehman, CDFW Law Enforcement, (916) 358-4356
Kirsten Macintyre, CDFW Education and Outreach, (916) 322-8988

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will offer a hunter marksmanship clinic on April 20 in Modesto.

The clinic will help big game hunters refine their basic marksmanship skills and improve accuracy. Lecture topics will include proper zeroing, maximum point blank range, marksmanship techniques, range estimation, shot placement, ammunition and equipment selection. The clinic will also include a shooting session.

The clinic instructors have a combined total of 60 years of firearm training experience. The primary instructor, Paul Turpin, has more than 30 years of rifle shooting experience, including two tours with the United States Army Marksmanship Unit. A lifelong hunter, Turpin teaches firearms professionally for a private company as well as working as a law enforcement firearms trainer for the State of California. The secondary instructors are Russ Marta and CDFW Lt. Dan Lehman. Marta is an experienced law enforcement firearms instructor for the State of California. Lt. Lehman is a lifelong hunter and is an experienced CDFW firearms instructor.

Participants must bring their own center fire rifle and a minimum of 40 rounds of factory ammunition. No reloads will be allowed. Participants must sight-in their rifles prior to attending the clinic.

The clinic runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $45 for adults. Youths 16 years and younger are free but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Clinic participants must pre-register. The registration form is available online at

CDFW’s Advanced Hunter Education Program will provide all necessary class equipment. Registered participants will receive an e-mail with an agenda, a map to the facility and a list of items to bring.