Touch of Nature Center to offer clay target shooting for military members, veterans

A free clay target shooting event is being offered to all current military members, courtesy of Veteran Adventures, a program of Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Touch of Nature Environmental Center.

The event is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on July 21 at the Rend Lake Shooting Complex at 17738 Conversation Ln. in Whittington. 

All current military service personnel, from any branch of the armed forces, as well as veterans and members of the National Guard, the reserves and the ROTC, are welcome.

Participants will get to test their marksmanship with 100 clay targets on the complex’s new sporting clays course, which provides a simulated hunting experience. 

Veteran Adventures will cover the cost of the sporting clays for each participant.

Registration is limited to the first 12 people to sign up.

All participants are advised to bring earplugs and eyeglasses, along with guns and ammunition.

They can also rent guns ($20 for a 12-gauge or 20-gauge shotgun rental) and purchase ammunition ($10 for a 25-round box) at Rend Lake.

Those who bring their guns and/or ammunition must bring a valid Illinois Firearm Owners Identification, FOID, card with them.

Those who will rent guns and purchase ammunition on site at Rend Lake are not required to have a FOID card.

Veteran Adventures plans to provide transportation from Touch of Nature, which is located about 8 miles south of Carbondale off Giant City Road, to Rend Lake. 

Departure from the facility, located at 1206 Touch of Nature Rd. near Makanda, is at 8:30 a.m.

Food and drinks will also be supplied by Veteran Adventures.

Space is limited. To sign up, or for more information about the event, visit or contact Greg Nejmanowski at 618-453-1121 or

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