Firearms workshop promotes confidence


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2dogs
July 10, 2003, 04:39 PM
I'm trying to imagine this article in a paper in my neck of the woods (the city)......................................nope, I can't.:(




http://www.journalstar.com/local.php?story_id=59420

Firearms workshop promotes confidence

BY LEIA BAEZ / Lincoln Journal Star

Girls. Guns. Grub.


And that was only part of the excitement for the 16 women who aimed, fired and blew away pink, yellow and blue balloons.
The Lincoln Izaak Walton League hosted and co-sponsored the second Ladies' Day at the Range Saturday at the club range just south of 134th Street and Nebraska 2.



The women paid $35 each to participate in the all-day event, which was co-sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Participants had to be at least 14 years old.

They were taught how to shoot and care for shotguns, muzzleloaders, .22-caliber rifles and bows and arrows.

The event also offered a workshop on turkey hunting and Dutch oven cooking.

Women who participated in the cooking workshop prepared deer meat, cheese potatoes and apple crisp in cast-iron Dutch ovens for lunch.

Vaness Oden, regional coordinator for the National Wild Turkey Federation, said Saturday's event gave women the opportunity to learn from professionals.

"Today's event has been very successful," she said. "We have been really impressed with the quality of instruction."

They were not only gaining experience, they were also boosting their self-esteem and confidence, Oden said.

She hoped Saturday's workshops also would educate the participants about conservation.

Patty Franson of Lincoln said such all-women events helped build her confidence because she could learn in a safe and comfortable environment.

"They teach you the right way instead of someone just putting a gun in your hand and saying, `Here, shoot,'" Franson said.

"I am more knowledgeable now than some of the men Iknow that hunt. They don't even know how to clean their guns properly."

The Lincoln Izaak Walton League, a chapter of the national conservation organization, plans to hold similar events so more women will become familiar with outdoor sports, said Wes Sheets, the president of the Lincoln group.

"This benefits women because it gives them a broader perspective on outdoor sports," he said. "It's something they can experience and, if they like it, maybe do more of it."

Jeff Rawlinson, an outdoor education specialist for the Games and Parks Commission, agreed: "It provides women with skill, safety and ethics."

Franson, 44, who had fired a weapon only a couple times before Saturday, said she learned a lot from the workshops and hoped to join a trapshooting league.

"Don't mess with a woman with a gun who knows how to shoot, who knows how to aim and who knows how to reload," she said, laughing.

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Henry Bowman
July 10, 2003, 06:25 PM
"Don't mess with a woman with a gun who knows how to shoot, who knows how to aim and who knows how to reload," she said, laughing.
Amen! :D

Standing Wolf
July 10, 2003, 09:44 PM
Nobody beats women who keep and bear arms.

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