Ben Berka is a certified shooting instructor with
several thousand hours of shooting and teaching experience to his
credit. Ben's goals as a shooting instructor are to introduce new
people to the shotgun sports and improve the skill level
of those already shooting shotguns. Although Ben has been
involved in clay target competition for many years, his interests now lie in learning the most effective
teaching methods and applying those methods to benefit his students.
Ben with his Wirehaired Pointing Griffon (Rien), English setter (Nina), and a mixed bag of Montana sharptail
grouse and partridge.
National Skeet Shooting Association
Level II Certified,
National Sporting Clays Association
Certified (Level 2) Shotgun Coach
Coach Development Staff (NCDS) Member
ATA Trapshooting Hall of Fame
Certified Youth Instructor
Assistant Coach, Iowa State University Trap and Skeet Club
Clay Target Program (SCTP) director for skeet and sporting clays in
Founder - Des Moines Area Clay Crushers Scholastic Clay
Ben has been involved in the formal clay target sports since 1993 and has been shooting in competitive events since 1995. He is currently an active participant in registered skeet and sporting clays shoots. In addition to skeet and sporting clays, Ben also has experience competing in American trap and the challenging disciplines of international trap and international skeet.
When not shooting clay birds or instructing, Ben likes to pursue feathered game. His passions are hunting waterfowl and upland birds with friends and family members. In the fall you will often find him hunting ducks or chasing pheasants and quail
with his Wirehaired Pointing Griffon.