JACKSON- The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) partnered with the Jackson Hole Shooting Sports Foundation (JHSSF) to conduct a women’s shotgun clinic at the Jackson Hole Gun Club on August 11, 2013. The clinic was attended by women of all skill levels, including some who had never even touched a gun before.
Participants handled 12, 20, 28, and .410 gauge shotguns and ammo, learned safe firearms handling and storage, and practiced shooting, all under the watchful eye of experienced instructors. Participants received one-on-one instruction from trained instructors, Heather Shideman, of Cody, and WGFD Hunter Education Coordinator, Jim Dawson.
“The women’s clinic offers a welcoming environment for ladies wanting to learn the skills necessary to be a successful shooter,” said Dawson. “The class is designed to be supportive, friendly, and non-competitive. For some, it’s just a matter of feeling more comfortable around a firearm, others become life-long shooters.”
This is the second consecutive year for the event in Jackson and was made possible by a generous donation from the JHSSF. The JHSSF and the Jackson Hole Gun Club Board are partnering with the WGFD Hunter Education program with the intent of making this an annual event at the shooting range south of Jackson.
“This is a great venue for introducing new shotgunners to the sport and to provide additional tips to intermediate shooters as well,” said shooting instructor, Heather Shideman. “The support from JHSSF president, Alan Brumsted, and gun club manager, Dan Dugan, has been tremendous. We look forward to being involved in future clinics with the JHSSF folks. They provide an all-around quality experience for everyone involved.”
“A fundamental part of the JHSSF mission is to bring new people into the shooting sports,” said JHSSF board President, Alan Brumsted. “We are excited that we were able to partner with WGFD again this year to offer this popular event.”
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