CASPER - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department hopes to trigger more interest in women participating in the outdoors with its annual Ladies Shotgun Clinic to be held Sept. 16 at the Casper Skeet and Trap Club.
The clinic is open to women age 15 and up of all skill levels, including women who have never touched a gun before and would like to learn how to shoot in a safe and supportive environment. It's also for beginning or intermediate shooters who would like some pointers or need help refining their skills.
Participants will handle 12, 20, and 28 gauge shotguns and ammo, learn safe firearms handling and storage, and practice shooting, all under the watchful eye of experienced instructors. Participants receive one-on-one instruction from experienced shooters, both male and female. National Sporting Clays Association certified instructor Heather Shideman will be instructing the clinic.
Hunter Education Coordinator Jim Dawson says shooting and hunting challenge participants to develop skills and discipline and provides opportunities to learn about wildlife and their habitats.
"The ladies clinic offers a welcoming environment for ladies wanting to learn the skills necessary to be a successful shooter,” says Dawson. "The class is designed to be supportive, friendly and non-competitive. We hope that ladies can learn a new sport they’ll enjoy for a lifetime or simply feel more comfortable around firearms."
The clinic begins at 9 a.m. and will run until noon. Shotguns, clay targets, and eye and ear protection are provided, but participants can bring their own equipment. Students are also encouraged to bring a lawn chair to relax in between their shooting practice.
The clinic is offered after the 2012 Wyoming Hunting & Fishing Heritage Expo, Sept. 13-15 at the Casper Events Center. There will be no other Expo activities held on Sunday, Sept. 16.
The Casper Skeet and Trap Range is located across from the Casper Events Center at 700 JC Way.Pre-registration is not required. For more information, contact Margaret James at (307)777-4538.
(Contact: Margaret James (307) 777-4538)