Frequently Asked Questions

1. As a beginning student what can I expect to learn in my first lesson?

Answer: Your first lesson will emphasize the need for safety, explain several simple techniques of gun handling and shooting, and allow time for you to practice these techniques. Next, you will use a semiautomatic low recoiling shotgun provided by the instructor to break airborne clay targets. Check with the instructor before the lesson to insure you purchase the correct gage of shells for the shotgun. Your instructor will helpyou understand the proper way to stand and hold the gun. Please remember to bring clear or sun glasses for your eyes and ear plugs to protect your ears. You will need to schedule your class in advance and allow one hour for class time. Comfortable, loose fitting clothing, close toed shoes and a hat appropriate for the season are recommended. Your goals should be first SAFETY, break targets, and have FUN.

2. My husband left some guns to my son at death. How do I determine the value of for insurance purposes and the sale of those my son does not wish to keep?

Answer: Look up the firearms values in a current copy of the Blue Book of Gun Values and determine the condition which is explained in the publication. Most full service retail firearms stores have this publication and staff with experience to help.

3. What is required for my son and/or and daughter to obtain a NC hunting license?

Answer: Your son and daughter must be 16 years of age, successfully completed a NC Hunter Education class, and purchase a hunting license. Until then, your son and daughter may hunt under the immediate and direct supervision of a licensed parent or guardian. Your dependents may complete the hunter education prior to age 16 and hunt on a parent or guardian’s license without being directly under the control of the parent or guardian.

4. How can I find the time and place for the next hunter education class?

Answer: Call the NC Wildlife Enforcement office at (919) 707-0031 or go to for the hunter education courses offered in your area.

5. What is required to purchase a handgun in North Carolina to and carry it on my person?

Answer: Go to the Sheriff’s office in your county of residence to obtain a permit for the purchase. While there pickup a packet of information you must submit for approval to carry a concealed hand gun. The packet is free, but you can expect $ 90 fee and some time to allow for processing which includes background check.

6. What is the difference between skeet, trap, and sporting clays?

Answer: Skeet is shot from stations positioned in a semi-circle with targets thrown from a location identified on one end as a high house and on the other as a low house across a stake located between these two locations. Trap targets are thrown in front of the shooter positioned from 16 to 27 yards to the rear on an arc which varies in front of the shooter. Twenty-five shots are required on both skeet and trap. Sporting clays requires the shooter to move between stations much like golf with targets presented to the shooter from different locations and angles. The number of stations on a course will vary and usually 50 to 100 shells are required to complete the course. Please check out this website link and click on “About the Games” for a graphic illustration about differences between skeet, trap and sporting clays.

7. What should I buy for my first shotgun?

Answer: A good choice would be a gas operated semi-automatic in either a 20 or 12 gage simply because felt recoil should be lighter with the 20 gage being my choice for youth and ladies and the 12 for guys. Most of the guns today come with changeable chokes which make them versatile and the stocks can be adjusted to change from child to adult.