CDFW to Offer Black Powder Hunting Clinic in Merced County

Hunter Education clinic
Hunter Education clinic

Media Contacts:
Lt. Dan Lehman, CDFW Advanced Hunter Education Program, (916) 358-4356
Kirsten Macintyre, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8988

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Advanced Hunter Education Program and the Safety First Shooting Association will jointly offer a black powder (muzzleloader) hunting clinic on Saturday, April 26. The clinic will be held at the River Oaks Range in Merced County.

Designed for all skill levels, the clinic will include both lecture and live-fire exercises. The lecture portion will include a short 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 firearms.

The clinic will run from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. All course material and black powder firearms will be provided. Participants should not bring personal firearms to this clinic. The cost is $45 for adults. Youths 16 years and younger are free, but must be accompanied by a registered parent or guardian.

An additional $5 range fee must be paid to the Safety First Shooting Association on the day of the clinic.
Space is limited to 25 participants and preregistration is required. Registration forms can be found online at

After registering, participants will receive an email with a map to the facility and a list of items to bring.The River Oaks Range is located in Winton, seven miles north of Atwater.