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Written by Mark Johnson
Friday, 02 April 2010 09:04

April 7th is the start of Blackhawk's weekly Wednesday evening Sporting Clays League that goes into early October.  Shooters arrive between 4:30p and 6:00p and shoot either 50 or 100 clays.  You do not have to be part of a team or commit to every Wednesday night.  Just come out and blast some clays.  Afterwards, the local Lions Club is on site serving up brats, burgers and occasionally fish.  The food and drink are very reasonably priced and proceeds go to benefit the great work of the Lions Club.  No alcohol is allowed before shooting, but a cold beer afterwards sure tastes great (BYOB). 

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 producing a long shot over the lake. A very high tower on the other side of the lake throws two clays across the far end of the lake.  Depending on the location of the sun this can prove to be one of the most difficult stations on the course.

Several challenging presentations are waiting on the back side of the course which is primarily in the woods (bug spray can be helpful to your 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 they are gone. 

During normal hours, 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 pavilion, 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) and the upland bird hunting is great.

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