National Shooting Sports Month

The League often partners with government agencies, the shooting sports industry, and other conservation organizations to promote participation in shooting sports. This summer, we are partnering with the National Shooting Sports Foundation to offer a wide range of people opportunities to experience recreational shooting sports for the first time as part of National Shooting Sports Month.

Throughout the month of August, League chapters will open their facilities to novice and first-time shooters. Many events will provide equipment for participants to try out, introductory lessons on different types of shooting sports, and experienced instructors to help beginners learn to shoot safely and responsibly. Check our listing of events for an opportunity near you.
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IWLA Chapter Events


Kewanee Chapter – Public Trap Shoot – Sunday August 25

Annual Joe Moore Memorial open trap shoot. Starts 8:00 am. Baker Park Trap Grounds, West 11th Street, Kewanee, IL 61443 (across from golf course). Entry fees vary.


Michigan City #7 Chapter – .22 Caliber Fun Shoot – Saturday August 24

Open range for .22 rifles. Bring your own rifles and ammunition. Youth under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 11:00 - 4:00 pm. 682 North County Road 850 West, Michigan City, IN 46361. Free.


East Fork Chapter – Open Trap Shoot – Saturday August 10

Open trap shoot. 9:00 am - 12 noon. 2408 Highway 169 North, Algona, IA 50511 (across from Lake Smith Park entrance). $10 special offer for 25 rounds of ammo and clay targets.

Keokuk County Chapter – Open Trap Shoots – Thursdays August 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29

Trap shooting, open to the public. Starts at 6:00 pm. 20162 240th Avenue, Sigourney, IA 52591. $4 for 25 rounds.

Linn County Chapter – Introduction to Shooting Sports – Saturday August 24

Introduction to safety and shooting fundamentals, hands-on instruction, and live firing for beginners with the FirstShots® program. Firearms, ammunition, targets, and eye and ear protection will be provided by the chapter. Starts at 9:00 am. 5401 42nd Street, Cedar Rapids, IA 52411. Free.

Waterloo Chapter – Introduction to Shotgun Shooting – Saturday August 24

Trap and skeet shooting clinic for beginners. Limited openings, ages 17 and under. Please RSVP to (319) 240-9632. Starts at 12:00 noon. 5519 East Washburn Road, Waterloo, IA 50701. Free.


Frederick #1 Chapter – Sporting Clays Shoot – Sunday August 18

Open shotgun sporting clays shoot. Bring your shotgun and ammunition (#7 1/2 or #8 shot). 9:00 - 1:00 pm. 4719 Reels Mill Road, Frederick, MD 21703. $5 per round.

Lois Green-Sligo Chapter – Family Fun Shoot – Tuesday August 6

Introduction to safety and handling of BB guns and archery gear and fun shoot for all ages. Bows and arrows and BB guns provided. 6:00 - 8:00 pm. 8721 Snouffers School Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20879. Free.


Martin L. Davey Chapter – Introduction to Shooting Sports – Saturday August 3

Introduction to safety and handling of different types of firearms for beginners. Firearms, ammunition, and eye and ear protection will be provided by the chapter. 4:00 - 7:00 pm. 9634 Newton Falls Road, Paris Township, Ravenna, OH 44266. Free.


York Chapter #67 – Fun Shoot – Saturday August 24

Chapter members and the public are invited to shoot rimfire or centerfire pistols and pistol caliber carbines on 5-6 stages of reactive targets. 100-150 rounds typically. Eye and ear protection required for everyone on the ranges. Starts at 8:30 am. 7131 Ironstone Hill Road, Dallastown, PA 17313. $20 for adults, $5 for youth under 18.

South Dakota

Sunshine Chapter – Great Outdoor Youth Adventure – Saturday August 17

Event features an introduction to the shooting sports during two sessions: BB gun and archery for youth ages 7-9, starting at 9:00 am; and BB gun, archery, and trap shooting for older youth ages 10-16, starting at 1:00 pm. There's a free lunch in between sessions. 1200 Izaak Walton Road, Pierre, SD 57501. Free. Pre-registration required, at Runnings, 1600 North Harrison Avenue, Pierre, Monday, July 8 from 6:00 - 8:30 pm on a first come, first served basis.


Lynchburg Chapter – Open House / Access to Shooting Ranges – Saturday August 24

The public is invited to shoot trap and skeet, and try their hand at 5-stand and 25-yard action handgun, 300-yard rifle, archery, and airgun ranges. Doors open at 10:00 am. 410 Conservation Drive, Amherst, VA 24521. Free.


Bill Cook Chapter – 3D Archery Shoots – Wednesdays August 14, 21, and 28

The public is invited to shoot target archery on a trail of 25 to 35 stations with different animal targets and at varying distances. There is also a dedicated kids' archery range, supported with trainers to assist the newest of shooters. Youth bows and arrows are provided. 6:00 pm until dusk. 5927 Highway 66 NE, Stevens Point, WI 54481. $6 for adults (ages 16 and older), $1 for teens (ages 13 to 15), free for youth under 12.

More events coming soon! No event listed in your area? Find your local chapter and ask what other opportunities they offer.