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Meet Don Currie

Don is the chief instructor of the National Sporting Clays Association and one of the most sought-after shooting coaches in our sport.  Competing in the shooting sports since age 8 and instructing as an apprentice at age 16, Don is that rare combination of Champion, Instructor, and Coach.  Don regularly propels shotgun enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels to breakthrough performance whether in the field or in competition.  His instructional DVD “Focus – Movement – Faith” is the #1 rated sporting clays DVD on Amazon.com.

“Don is an expert shooter and the numerous years of experience make him a Great instructor. He can immediately identify where you need to modify or change your mount, stance or balance, which has instant results. He is always very positive and encouraging, which builds confidence and a Great instructor/student relationship.”

Henry Bowlin

Coach's Bio

Don Currie is the Chief Instructor of the National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA) and one of the most recognized and sought-after professional shotgun coaches, gun fitters and range/course designers in North America. He delivers extraordinary instructional and hunting experiences to clay target competitors, recreational shooters, and discerning sportsmen. Currie is an award-winning author of two books, “Mastering Sporting Clays” and “Gunfitting,” published by Stackpole Books and has launched two highly acclaimed instructional DVDs with Sunrise Productions: “Focus-Movement-Faith” and “Target Tactics for Sporting Clays”. He writes for all of the major shotgun magazines as well as an e-column titled “Ask the Instructor” distributed weekly to over 40,000 sporting clays shooters. He started shooting competitively at age eight, bird hunting at age fourteen and coaching in the shooting sports as a sixteen-year-old apprentice. Currie served for seven years in the military as a US Army Ranger as well as an instructor at the US Army Ranger School and US Army Infantry School culminating in his command of a combat infantry company during Operation Just Cause (Panama, 1989/90). After leaving the Army, Currie transitioned into the corporate world serving 22 years in senior corporate leadership positions culminating in his role as CEO of a $100 million consumer products company.
 
Throughout his military and business career, he maintained a deep and unrelenting passion for competing in the shooting sports, coaching, and upland bird and waterfowl hunting, and was eventually drawn back to the shooting sports. Currie earned his way to Master Class on the NSCA competition circuit and won a National Championship title in side-by-side shotgun in 2011. Currie was the general manager of an exclusive shooting and hunting preserve in North Florida (The Gilchrist Club, Trenton, FL) where he established an Orvis Wingshooting and Fly fishing School. Since 2014, he has served as the Chief Instructor of the National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA) and, in that capacity, teaches and mentors other sporting clays instructors and administers the NSCA’s instructor program in North America. Through his Academy of Wing & Clay Shooting, Currie continues to provide private and group shotgun instruction, gunfittings, custom shotgun sales, course design and guide services. He lives in Lake Mary, Florida with his wife and family.

 
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Qualifications

  • Chief Instructor, NSCA (National Sporting Clays Association) (2014 – present)

  • Professional, Full-time Shotgun Coach – Specializing in clay target sports (Sporting Clays, Skeet, Trap) and upland bird hunting

  • Master Gun Fitter – partnering with select manufacturers and stock-makers to create custom-fitted shotguns for discerning clients

  • 2011 National Champion in Side-by-Side Shotgun

  • 2012 Florida State Champion in Side-by-Side Shotgun

  • Master Class NSCA Competitor

  • Certified Level III NSCA Instructor (National Sporting Clays Association)

  • Fellow, Association of Professional Shooting Instructors (APSI), UK

  • Fellow, Institute of Clay Shooting Instructors (ICSI), UK

  • Author of Mastering Sporting Clays (Stackpole Books) (Gold Medal Recipient)

  • Author of Gunfitting (Stackpole Books)

  • Co-Producer of two instructional DVDs: Focus-Movement-Faith and Target Tactics for Sporting Clays

  • Writer and columnist for ClayShooting USA and Clay Target Nation (formerly Sporting Clays Magazine)

  • Certified NRA Instructor: Shotgun, Rifle, Pistol and NRA Range Safety Officer

  • Orvis® Wingshooting School Instructor

  • Orvis® Fly Fishing School Instructor

  • Former General Manager of the Gilchrist Club, an exclusive 27,000 acre upland hunting resort

  • Experienced guide and avid upland bird hunter

  • Instructor, US Army Infantry and Ranger Schools (Fort Benning, Georgia) – Instructor of marksmanship, weapons, and tactics

Sponsors & Brands Offered

Don’s company, The Academy of Wing & Clay Shooting LLC, is a Federal Firearms Licensed Dealer (FFL) and Importer. While we sell most brands of fine shotguns, we specialize in gunfitting services and sales for the following brands with custom or customized stocks. After all, a well-fitting shotgun is priceless.

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