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For more information on wingshooting, contact:
Doug Zeihen
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Erin Kelly
Wingshooting Program Specialist

Brenda Von Rueden
Wingshooting Program Specialist

Wingshooting for Migratory Birds The art or practice of shooting at birds in flight.


Photo courtesy of the Missouri Department of Conservation

Hunting is a tradition that runs deep within Wisconsin. Promoting and training safe and responsible hunting is an integral part of the overall DNR mission. To help meet this mission the DNR has developed a one-day workshop called Wingshooting for Migratory Birds (WFMB).

The workshops are designed to help bird hunters improve their hunting skills by learning to:

  • improve their wingshooting technique using the proven "swing through" method;
  • estimate range to target "on the fly"; and
  • choose the best gun, choke and (cost efficient) ammo combinations.

By learning these skills, participants will:

  • improve their hunting experience;
  • reduce the number of wounded or lost game;
  • enhance positive hunter ethics; and
  • foster a better appreciation of wildlife resources.

Workshop details



Participants must have a basic understanding of shotgun shooting, loading and unloading. Game bird hunting and shotgun wingshooting experience not required, but would be beneficial.

  • To enroll in a clinic, search for certification type: "Advanced Shotgun (Wingshooting)" on the Go Wild - find a class to enroll in site..
  • $25.00 clinic cost
  • What to bring to the clinic:
    1. the shotgun you use for hunting
    2. padded shooting shirt or vest
    3. choke tubes
    4. eye and ear protection
    5. folding camp chair
    6. snacks, lunch and beverages (if not provided at the clinic)
    7. three rounds of your preferred nontoxic ammo for pattern testing

12 and 20 gauge steel shot and clay targets will be provided at no additional charge for all the wingshooting exercises. By learning to shoot steel shot effectively, you can be more effective with lead or any other nontoxic shot.

"How to" information

Become an instructor

The DNR is seeking partners who have similar missions in strengthening Wisconsin's hunting tradition and who are willing to promote and teach the WFMB program now and into the future.

As part of this partnership, the DNR will provide:

  • training for 2-3 partner members on how the WFMB program is structured and conducted;
  • classroom training materials (power point materials and handouts); and
  • practical exercise training equipment (trailer equipped with required materials).

Requirements of the partners are:

  • two organization members who have the skills, motivation and desire to conduct one WFMB program annually;
  • instructor attendance and completion of a 2-day WFMB "train the trainer" program;
  • provide a safe location to conduct WFMB clinics;
  • complete reports on each clinic and participate in elements of DNR program evaluation; and
  • sign an agreement with the DNR that clearly outlines the requirements and expectation for both parties involved.
  • understand and follow the policies of the WFMB program WFMB Policy Manual
  • manage your clinics online using Go Wild Instructor Dashboard User Guide

If your organization is interested in partnering with the DNR on this initiative, please submit application form [PDF] to Brenda Von Rueden via email or mail to PO Box 7921 Madison WI 53707-7921. We look forward to working with you on this program to enhance the wingshooting skills of Wisconsin's migratory bird hunters.


Find out more about the partners of Wingshooting for Migratory Birds.

Ducks Unlimited Wisconsin Waterfowl Association Delta Waterfowl Green Bay Duck Hunters Association

Triangle Sportsman's Club, N9004 Townline Road, East Troy, WI

4 Rules of Firearm Safety


Participants must know and follow TAB-K, the four basic rules of firearm safety.

Read more about firearm safety tips and understand each rule before handling any firearm.

  1. Treat every firearm as if it were loaded
  2. Always point the muzzle in a safe direction
  3. Be certain of your target and what is beyond
  4. Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot
Last revised: Thursday June 09 2016