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Shotgun Merit Badge - May 16, 2015

 Shotgun Merit Badge
When: May 16, 2015
Where: Cutter Scout Reservation
Cost: $50 (for ammo and clays)
Activity Coordinator: Brent Browning
How: Sign-ups are closed


Scouts who went to the Pico Blanco shooting sports campout who are interested in earning the Shotgun Shooting merit badge will have an opportunity to do so during a full-day class at Cutter Scout Reservation.  We will have the shotgun range all to ourselves.

Please read the Shotgun Shooting merit badge requirements carefully.  

Scouts are strongly encouraged to obtain a copy of the Shotgun Shooting merit badge booklet and read it cover-to-cover.  It has a lot of great information and will be used during the class.

NOTE: You must shoot at least 48% (24 out of 50 targets in order to quality.  You are not guaranteed to qualify after just one day.  We will do our best to help you learn the fundamentals and coach you as you are learning.  It is very possible that you may receive a partial.  Not to worry!  If that happens I will work with you to find another time for you to practice and qualify.


  • Warm clothes - it can be quite cool up at Cutter in the mornings!
  • Scout Uniform
  • Water
  • Lunch
  • Homework (see below)
  • Signed activity consent form
  • Signed shooting sports authorization form


Scouts must complete the following homework before taking this class and bring it with them to class:
  • Obtain a copy of the Shotgun Shooting merit badge book and read it
  • 1f - Obtain a copy of the hunting laws (available at Walmart, Big 5, etc.) and read them
  • 1f #1 - Be prepared to explain the main points and give any special laws on the use of guns and ammunition
  • 1f #2 - Write a list with the kinds of wildlife that can be legally hunted in California
  • 1h - Write a list of places in our community where you could shoot three different shotgun sports
  • 1i - Write a list of sources that you could contact for information on firearms and their use


  • 7:15am - Meet at LAUMC parking lot
  • 7:30am - Depart LAUMC
  • 8:45am - Arrive at Cutter, check-in (parking lot)
  • 9:00am-10:00am - Class time
    • 1a - BB/pellet respect
    • 1b - how would you react
    • 1c - eye/ear protection
    • 1d - laws for owning and using
    • 1g - hygienic guidelines
    • 2a - parts of a shotgun
    • 2b - rules for safely handling
    • 2f - rules for safely shooting
  • 10:00am-12:00am - Range time
    • 2g - demonstrate knowledge, skills, and attitude
    • 2k - qualification
  • 12:00pm-12:30pm - Lunch
  • 12:30pm-1:30pm - Class time
    • 1e - hunting and renewable resources
    • 1f - hunting laws and wildlife
    • 1h - shotgun sports and places
    • 1i - sources for information
    • 2c - parts of a shotgun shell
    • 2d - gauges and uses
    • 2e - fundamentals and misfire/hangfire/squib
    • 2j - selecting a shotgun
  • 1:30pm-4:30pm - Range time
    • 2g - demonstrate knowledge, skills, and attitude
    • 2k - qualification
  • 4:30pm-5:30pm - Cleaning
    • 2h - materials needed to clean
    • 2i - demonstrate how to clean


Brent Browning,
Apr 9, 2015, 3:48 AM
Judy Bergwerk,
Jun 14, 2015, 10:04 AM
Brent Browning,
Apr 9, 2015, 3:48 AM