JACKSON - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the Jackson Hole Shooting Sports Foundation (JHSSF) hope to trigger more interest in women participating in the outdoors by partnering on a ladies shotgun clinic on August 11, at the Jackson Hole Gun Club Range located south of Jackson.
The clinic is open to women and children age 12 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 have the opportunity to shoot 12, 20, 28 and .410 gauge shotguns and receive one-on-one instruction from trained instructors Heather Shideman of Cody and Game and Fish hunter education coordinator Jim Dawson. In addition, safe firearms handling and storage will also be taught.
WGFD Hunter Education Coordinator Jim Dawson says, "The ladies clinic offers a welcoming environment for ladies wanting to learn the skills necessary to be a successful shooter . 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 noon. Shotguns, clay targets and eye and ear protection will be provided, with some participants bringing their own equipment. Students are also encouraged to bring a lawn chair to relax in between their shooting practice.
The clinic is made possible by a generous donation from the JHSSF working in junction with the WGFD Hunter Education program. The Jackson Hole Shooting Sports Foundation made this donation with the intention of making this an annual event. “This is a great venue for introducing new shotgunners to the sport and wonderful support from the JHSSF board of directors and range manager Dan Dugan. I hope to be involved in future clinics with the JHSSF folks,” said Dawson.
Board president Alan Brumsted said “A major focus of the JHSSF is to provide educational opportunities for those interested in the shooting sports. We are pleased that we are able to partner with the WGFD to make this shotgun clinic happen for a second year in a row.”
Jim Dawson and Heather Shideman conduct similar ladies shotgunning clinic each year statewide. For more information, please contact Margaret James at (307)777-4538 or Joetta Osborn at 777-4591.
(Contact: Joetta Osborn, 307-777-4591)