Shooting Sports

Protecting opportunities for recreational shooting sports and hunting has long been part of the League’s mission. By partnering with government agencies, the shooting sports industry, and other conservation organizations, the League helps to maintain access and promote responsible use of shooting ranges on public lands.

Izaak Walton League chapters own and operate more than 100 shooting ranges across the country, including archery, rifle and pistol, skeet, sporting clays, and trap ranges. These facilities are also used for firearms safety training, hunter education courses, and youth shooting programs. Many of our chapter’s programs are endorsed by the National Rifle Association, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, and the Amateur Trapshooting Association.

Contact your local chapter for class availability and schedules.

NEW! Explore Bowhunting Instructor Kit

Interest in bowhunting continues to grow each year, and bowhunters are the most avid archery participants. This new resource will help Izaak Walton League chapters take bowhunting classes to a new level and engage new audiences.

Developed by the Archery Trade Association, the Explore Bowhunting Instructor Kit has the tools needed for any hunter education instructor, certified archery instructor, or avid archer to introduce new audiences to bowhunting. The kit includes:

  • Instructor Curriculum Book
  • Student Handbook
  • Anatomy Flip-Book
  • Archery Equipment Booklet
  • Crossbow Addendum
  • Curriculum Media Pack (includes ready-made PowerPoint presentations, graphics of hunt strategy maps, fact charts, bowhunting photos, audio recordings, and videos to aid you as you develop and conduct your own classroom presentations).

Order your kit today (PDF link) for the IWLA discounted rate of $75! (Price includes shipping and handling.) 

Explore Bowhunting Kit contents


R3 for Hunters and Recreational Shooters

The IWLA Shooting Sports Conservation Committee hosted a webinar to discuss how League chapters can help secure the future of hunting and the shooting sports. *Please be sure your volume is turned on and up.

Download the Presentation >> (PDF)


  • Ikes On Target: Volume 7, Issue 2

    IN THIS ISSUE: WANTED: League chapters willing to engage new hunting and shooting sports participants * Featured Chapters: Madison #16 Chapter (South Dakota) and Eugene Chapter (Oregon) * New IWLA/ATA Archery Academies in 2019 * New Explore Bowhunting Instructor Kit for IWLA chapters * Quick Shots News
  • Ikes On Target: Volume 7, Issue 1

    IN THIS ISSUE: Engaging More Participants in Hunting, Recreational Shooting Sports, and Outdoor Recreation * Explore Bowhunting * IWLA Archery Network Online Community * National Hunting and Fishing Day Grants
  • Ikes On Target: Volume 5, Issue 1

    IN THIS ISSUE: Funding Available for League Shooting Ranges * New Corporate Partnership * New IWLA Award for 2017 * How To Apply For Grants
  • Ikes On Target: Volume 4, Issue 1

    IN THIS ISSUE: League Chapters Aim To Increase Engagement With Archery * On Target: Featured Chapters * ATA Archery Guidebook Available * National Hunting and Fishing Day * Online Shooting Range Course
  • Ikes On Target: Volume 3, Issue 2

    IN THIS ISSUE Chapter Outdoor Recreation Survey * Featured Chapters: Warren County (IA) and Howard County (IN) * Funding Sources for Range Improvements * Sportsmen's Bill Meets Gridlock
  • Ikes On Target: Volume 3, Issue 1

    IN THIS ISSUE: Strategic Plan Baseline Survey Results * Featured Chapters: Sioux Falls (SD) and Wildlife Achievement (MD) * National Hunting and Fishing Day * Turn Lead Into Gold (or Green!)
  • Ikes On Target: Volume 2, Issue 2

    IN THIS ISSUE: Strategic Plan 2014-2019 * Sights on New Members * Featured Chapters: Frederick #1 (MD) and Dragoon Trail (IA) * NRA Foundation Grants * On Capitol Hill
  • Ikes On Target: Volume 2, Issue 1

    IN THIS ISSUE: League Statement on Firearms Policy Proposals * Why Invite a Newcomer * Featured Chapters: Mountaineer (WV) and Loudoun County (VA) * NRA Range Conferences * Lead Workshops
  • Ikes On Target: Volume 1, Issue 3

    IN THIS ISSUE: Sportsmen and Conservation * Got Clean Water? * Featured Chapters: Lois Green-Sligo (MD) and Bethesda-Chevy Chase (MD) * 90th Anniversary Trap Shoot
  • Ikes On Target: Volume 1, Issue 2

    IN THIS ISSUE: Insurance, Liability, and Safety * Featured Chapters: Wayne County (OH) and Pikes Peak (CO) * Range Management Workshops at IWLA National Convention * NRA Range Sourcebook * Grant Funding for Your Ranges
  • Ikes On Target: Volume 1, Issue 1

    IN THIS ISSUE: Promoting Shooting Sports * Your Chapter's Members * Featured Chapters: Lancaster Red Rose (PA) and Arlington-Fairfax (VA) * Chapters Offering Shooting Sports * IWLA Shooting Sports Committee