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Written by Mark Johnson
Friday, 19 June 2009 10:59

Blackhawk Valley Hunt Club was started over 40 years ago by the current manager's (Greg Palmer) grandfather and a few good friends.  It has become in my view one of the premier upland bird hunting preserves in the St. Louis area along with a very nice sporting clays course, 5-stand field and a skeet course.

The sporting clays course generally has between 12-14 stations and can be shot with either 50 or 100 targets. The front side of the course winds around some fields with a very tough station over the lake. A very high tower on the other side of the lake throws two clays towards the station but depending on the location of the sun this can prove to be one of the most difficult stations on the course. As you near the end of the front side of the course the ever favorite rabbit (sometimes crossing quail) station presents itself. Several challenging presentations are awaiting on the back side of the course which is entirely in the woods (bug spray can be helpful to the score on the back side). The most memorable and in my view difficult station on the back side is a true pair of crossing quail. The station is about 30 yards in the woods. The quail appear in a narrow opening with a view to the field on the other side of the woods. By the time you pick up the clays in that small window there are gone. No frills on this course like voice activated traps, but very enjoyable. The clubhouse (members only or private events) and outside pavillion provide ample space to enjoy yourself afterwards with a cool/hot beverage and possibly a snack brought from home.

Sporting clays, 5-stand and skeet are open to the public and operate on an honors basis. Prices are listed on a large box on the south side of the outside pavillion, throw your money in the box and go shoot. Membership for the upland game season runs around $1000 for a single member and is limited to around 125 members or so. If you are looking to get out of town a little and enjoy a shoot in the country (20 minutes north of St. Charles) Blackhawk provides a well-maintained, reasonably priced place to shoot three clay sports (sporting clays, 5-stand and skeet). 

Blackhawk Valley Hunt Club is located at 1259 Brevator Rd., Old Monroe, MO 63369. Contact Greg Palmer at 636-661-5199

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