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Introduction to Shotgun Sports Course

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In our three-hour introductory course, you'll learn from expert instructors safe, responsible gun handling and basic shooting techniques.
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Activity level: Easy
  • Minimum age: 12 (17 and under with parent or guardian)
  • Questions? Please call 1-888-552-3261

Course Description

Whether you're interested in sporting clays or bird hunting, have fun shattering clay targets one after another in this three-hour course. Our staff includes expert and National Sporting Clays Association-certified instructors who will teach you all the skills you need to start shooting shotguns. They'll give you a solid introduction to shotgun safety tips and basic shooting techniques. They'll also teach you responsible gun handling and review different shotgun types, plus their uses and advantages.

Under our skilled instructors' guidance, you'll have plenty of time to develop and try your new shooting skills at our range. L.L.Bean's Fogg Farm, in Freeport, Maine, offers an excellent venue for practice, with a fully appointed Five-Stand Sporting Clays facility that offers various target presentations.

All necessary shooting equipment is provided.

L.L.Bean does not usually cancel events due to inclement weather. However, we reserve the right to cancel an event at any time due to severe weather, low enrollment or other concerns. If L.L.Bean cancels your event, you will receive a full refund for the cost of your reservation.

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*Synthetic clothing dries quickly and is the best choice for outdoor pursuits. Please do not wear cotton clothing. When wet, cotton rapidly robs the heat from your body and takes a long time to dry. We also recommend you dress in multiple layers, allowing you more flexibility to comfortably respond to the weather conditions and your level of exertion.

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What to Bring
  • Weather and activity-appropriate clothing (preferably synthetic*)
  • Activity-appropriate closed-toed shoes
  • Personal prescriptions such as EpiPen or inhaler
  • One quart of water (no glass bottles)

  • Camera
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Personal eye protection

What We Provide
  • Eye and ear protection
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Handouts and course materials
  • Use of all necessary shooting equipment: shotguns, ammo (12-, 20- and 28-gauge), clays, ear and eye protection
Average Ratings
5 / 5
October 11, 2020
Great Day!
For my 70th birthday I was able to enjoy quality time with my two boys! They were very good and I tried to keep up! The facility and staff were wonderful-... more
Midcoast Maine
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1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
5 / 5
September 27, 2020
Great time with terrific instructors!
My wife and I and our friends took the Introduction to Shotgun Sports class with instructors Molly, Peyton, and Bernie on Saturday afternoon, and then... more
Nashua, NH
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1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
5 / 5
September 14, 2020
Intro to Shotgun Sports/Clay Shooting
Our instructors were Bernie, Molly, and Amy. They were all very comfortable with the information and teaching techniques. The group was limited to 10... more
Shrewsbury, MA
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5 / 5
August 25, 2019
Intro to Shot Gun Sports
This was a great intro class. Bernie and Peyton were outstanding instructors with a wealth of knowledge about shotgun sports. They were very encouraging... more
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1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
5 / 5
August 18, 2019
Intro to Shotgun Sports
I have really no experience with guns, but the instructors made me feel comfortable and gain confidence, and I actually started to hit some targets. Bernie... more
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1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
5 / 5
June 16, 2019
Great class! All 3 instructors were excellent. We had a fun time breaking clays. My first time shooting a shotgun too.
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5 / 5
November 6, 2018
Happy to Break Clays Again
This course was the second of two shotgun shooting birthday gifts from my wife. Amy and John made a phenomenal instruction team. It was an excellent... more
Fort Lauderdale
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5 / 5
September 1, 2018
Intro to Shotgun course
I took this course today with Molly, John D. and Bernie as instructors. I am very happy with the quality and patience of the instructors of this course.... more
Harpswell, ME
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5 / 5
July 8, 2018
New Adventure
My daughters and I have never handled any type of fire arm. This course offered a safe environment with really great instruction. Bernie, John D and... more
Augusta, ME
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5 / 5
June 28, 2018
Lots of fun! A great group of instructors!
Rockport, ME
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