The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management

Leisure Skills Course Profiles

Shooting Sports

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  • Archery (LS 158)

    The undergraduate handbook description of this course is…
    Introduces students to the basic principles and skills of archery and helps them develop proper shooting form and marksmanship.

    The instructor’s description of this course is…
    I will teach the students the basic skills to safely and effectively shoot a bow. We will learn the mechanics of how the bows work as well as set-up and adjustment. The students will work towards being proficient at various distances and target sizes.

    The most important thing students will learn in this class is…
    Practice, practice, practice

    The top highlights of this course are…
    Long range shots, aerial shots, and challenging each other

    The Leisure Skills department provides…
    Bows, arrows, maintenance equipment, safety equipment. Students will not need to bring any equipment to class.

    Other students have said…
    "Being able to go to a shooting range and learning how to shoot with bow and arrow was just really fun. The instructor was great! He covered topics that we were interested in. Being able to shoot between compound bows and regular bows was an interesting experience." (Spring 2011)

    Students can learn more about archery at…
    www.archerytalk.com

    Instructors who may teach this course are…
    Chris Heintze

    Sample Syllabus

  • Hunting traditions (LS 159)

    The undergraduate handbook description of this course is…
    Basic, hands-on instruction in the shooting sports (shotgun, rifle, and archery) and the sport of hunting. Designed to introduce students to the safe and responsible use of firearms and archery equipment and safe hunting practices. Students are required to complete the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Hunter Education certification.

    The instructor’s description of this course is…
    Students will learn through hands-on activities the basics of the sports of shotgun, rifle and archery. They will learn basic gun safety and responsible use of firearms and archery equipment. They will learn skills used by hunters and also hunter safety. Students will complete the hunter safety program sponsored by SCDNR by the end of the semester.

    The most important thing students will learn in this class is…
    Gun safety, archery safety and hunter safety. And they will have fun while doing it. They will also hopefully learn some of the basic skills needed to become a successful hunter in the fields.

    The top highlights of this course are…
    Safety. Hunter Ethics. Participating on an actual hunt.

    The Leisure Skills department provides…
    Firearms, ammunition, bows and arrows. Pretty much everything that is needed to teach the course is provided.

    The instructor would also like students to know…
    Hunting can be a great pastime and leisure skills activity. At the beginning of the semester the students are required to write a essay on "What Hunting Means to Me" and many describe the reason they hunt is to escape the stress and pressures from their everyday lives. Colonel Askins put it well when he said "Hunting is the grand obsession..."

    Students can learn more about hunting at…
    National Shooting Sports Foundation
    Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow
    TMAStands.com (Treestand Manufacturers Association)

    Instructors who may teach this course are…
    Rick Willey

    Sample Syllabus

  • Riflery (LS 156)

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    The undergraduate handbook description of this course is…
    Introduces the basics of rifle shooting and firearm safety. Students progress from beginning rifle shooting to more advanced topics such as reloading, external ballistics, and long-range shooting.

    The instructor’s description of this course is…
    We learn to shoot all kinds of rifles. We discuss rifle maintenance, modification and customizing. We discuss hunting with a rifle and the use of rifles in the military world.

    The most important thing students will learn in this class is…
    The most important thing we learn is firearm safety.

    The top highlights of this course are…
    For some students, shooting the military rifles is pretty exciting and for others the super accurate target rifles are pretty exciting.

    The Leisure Skills department provides…
    We provide rifles, targets and ammo. Students’ firearms are welcome in this class.

    The instructor would also like students to know…
    This class is intended for beginning shooters as well as the more experienced shooters.

    Other students have said…
    "I've been shooting for 30+ years, and I really enjoyed my Thursdays with Hubert and my fellow students. Had a lot of fun, learned some things, got to fire a wide variety of weapons, and made new friends. Shooting sports are great resources for building personal responsibility, and Hubert did a first class job of teaching that. Just a great, all-around course I would recommend, even if someone has never participated in shooting before." (Spring 2011)

    "I learned so much about rifles and all firearms in general. I learned about hunting and ammunition as well! I made many new friends and got to experience new things." (Fall 2011)

    "Great class, got to shoot all sorts of guns. Hubert Cox is the best instructor in the world." (Fall 2011)

    Students can learn more about riflery...

    Instructors who may teach this course are…
    Hubert Cox

  • Shotgun sports (LS 157)

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    The undergraduate handbook description of this course is…
    Introduces students to basic shotgun shooting skills and firearm safety. Topics include gun fitting, chokes, gauges, ammunition, and different shotgun disciplines such as skeet, trap shooting, and sporting clays.

    The instructor’s description of this course is…
    Students with no prior experience and those with significant experience are welcome. Each range session begins with a brief lesson on a topic important to shotguns or shotgun shooting. The shooting fundamentals are introduced and practiced at each session. As students progress more advanced techniques are taught and practiced. By the end of the course, students understand different shotguns, ammunition, reloading, gun fit, and how to shoot different target presentations.

    The most important thing students will learn in this class is…
    How to be safe with a firearm.

    The top highlights of this course are…
    Safety rules that apply to all firearms, fundamentals to shoot moving targets with a shotgun, opportunity to learn, practice, and shoot every week

    The Leisure Skills department provides…
    Safety equipment, shotguns, and ammunition

    The instructor would also like students to know…
    Students are welcome to bring their own safely working shotgun to class after the first week of class (note this is optional). All classes meet at the shooting range.

    Other students have said…
    "This class was a great way to take a break from academic courses while learning a new skill. The instructors were great and I LOVED it!" (Fall 2010)

    "Great fun, very safe, and definitely gets your mind off of school work!" (Fall 2010)

    Students can learn more about shotgun at…
    www.mynsca.com
    www.shootata.com
    www.nssf.org
    www.sssfonline.org

    Instructors who may teach this course are…
    Ed Prater

    Sample Syllabus

  • Turkey Hunting (LS 161)

    The undergraduate handbook description of this course is…
    Exposes students to the skills, techniques, and history of turkey hunting. Students learn gun and hunting safety; shotgun, muzzle loading, and archery hunting techniques; tracking; and basic calling techniques.

    The instructor’s description of this course is…
    Students will learn the basics of turkey hunting and with some lectures going more in-depth with the ins and outs for being a successful turkey hunter. Topics covered include, but not limited to, turkey biology, patterning a shotgun, archery, turkey calling, using decoys, planning a hunt, pre-season scouting, preparing a turkey for the kitchen, cleaning their game, cooking turkey, displaying their trophy.

    The most important thing students will learn in this class is…
    How to become a successful and safe turkey hunter.

    The top highlights of this course are…
    Turkey calling, successfully setting up on a turkey, turkey hunting safety

    The Leisure Skills department provides…
    Everything needed to successfully teach the course is provided. Students will have opportunity to see and use the gear associated with turkey hunting.

    The instructor would also like students to know…
    Turkey hunting is one of the most addictive forms of hunting. It can be a lifelong leisure skills activity that can be shared with family and friends alike.

    Students can learn more about turkey hunting at…
    National Wild Turkey Federation (www.nwtf.org)

    Instructors who may teach this course are…
    Rick Willey

    Sample Syllabus

  • Women’s Hunting (LS 134)

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    The undergraduate handbook description of this course is…
    Students receive hands-on instruction in shooting sports and the sport of hunting. Students are introduced to the safe and responsible use of firearms and archery, and learn how to participate safely in hunting.

    The instructor’s description of this course is…
    Teaching the skills necessary to hunt. This includes things such as scouting, setups, tracking, calls, clothing, identifying sign, land navigation, hunting ethics, shooting rifles, shotguns and bows. Most of the time this class meets outside for hands-on activities.

    The most important thing students will learn in this class is…
    Woodsmanship

    The top highlights of this course are…
    Shooting Sports, Camaraderie, and Hunting

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    The Leisure Skills department provides…
    Rifles, shotguns, bows

    The instructor would also like students to know…
    You are not required to actually hunt in this class unless you so desire. However, a hunting opportunity will be provided for those interested.

    Students can learn more about hunting at…
    www.nssf.org/Hunting/
    www.nwtf.org/for_hunters/
    www.qdma.com

    Instructors who may teach this course are…
    Susan Guynn

    Sample Syllabus

  • Women's Shotgun (LS 133)

    The undergraduate handbook description of this course is… Introduces basic shotgun shooting skills and firearm safety. Topics include gun fitting, skeet and trap shooting, and gun and range safety. Course is designed to provide women a comfortable environment in which to learn the necessary skills to participate in shotgun shooting.