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Instructor Training

John Francis | Dave Newell | Woody Longan | Chris Pickering | Merle Edington

All of the instructors set their own schedule. Please contact them directly to schedule your lesson today!


John Francis

John is one of the world’s premiere wingshooting and sporting clays instructors. He currently has his NSCA Level 3 Instructor Certification. The methods he teaches are based on his knowledge and experience gained as a professional wingshooter and as a master class competitor. With over 30 years of competition shooting and hunting experience in the United States, South America and Mexico, John has the passion to provide you the perfect wing and clay experience.

(816) 590-0285

Merle Edington

Merle is a competitive shooter in multiple disciplines [pistol (National and International Champion), rifle, and shotgun]. 20+ years in shooting instruction to include several years in the US Army Special Forces and currently a NSCA Level 1 Instructor. Sporting Clays is all about having fun.......and the bottom line is that it is WAY more fun when you break more targets! Working with a coach that you can form a bond with results in more broken targets, more fun, and a far steeper learning curve...saving valuable time, money and energy! Thanks! Merle

(816) 446-9843

Dave Newell

If you are a beginner or new to the sport of shotgun shooting, working with Dave would be a great way to get started. Dave is a NRA Certified Level 1 Shotgun Coach and has the knowledge and ability to teach the basics of shotguns to those eager to learn. Dave has over 40 years of shooting experience to share and is an avid hunter and shooter. If you are looking to develop your skills in the areas of Trap, Skeet, 5-Stand, or Sporting Clays, give Dave a call or send him an email to set up a lesson.

(336) 210-6339

Woody Longan

Woody has been a member of Powder Creek Shooting Park for several years. He has been a great teacher to all those who seek his instruction. He will work with anyone. Whether you're a beginner, an advanced shooter, youth, or lady, he has you covered with years of experience. Woody works with private one-on-one lessons or group lessons. He is NRA Certified for instruction and range safety, and is also a Level 1 NSCA Instructor. Woody can teach you everything you need to know and is NRA Qualified as "Distiguished Expert" for shotgun instruction on Trap, Trap Doubles, Skeet, Skeet Doubles, Sporting Clays, and 5-Stand. Certified home firearm safety, certified pistol, certified rifle, shotgun shell reloading, and metallic cartridge reloading. Woody does it all. Give him a call if you would like to set up a lesson!

(913) 787-4777

Chris Pickering

Chris Pickering is a semi-pro competitive shooter. (A semi-pro is a guy who spends a lot more money that he ever wins back AND HE DOES IT OFTEN!) Chris brings his competition experience to his coaching program to help you become a better shooter. Whether you are just getting started or already have some experience, Chris will help you shoot better. For competitive shooters, Chris can help you develop your mental game and put more X's on your scorecard.

(816) 916-4168