Friday, April 4, 2008

Coming up: NorCal women's shoot days

Learning how to use a gun can be intimidating for some women: If you've never handled firearms, it can be pretty scary. And if you're surrounded by husbands, boyfriends or offspring who are already expert shots, you don't want to go out there and look or feel like a fool in front of them.

Well, that's how I felt about the subject, anyway.

But Northern California women have at least three opportunities this spring and summer to learn shooting skills in the comforting presence of lots of other women. If you know a woman who'd like to try shooting, please send her a link to this post. And if you already know how to shoot, consider volunteering. I know for sure that the third one on the list - California Waterfowl's event - needs volunteers, because I'm involved with organizing that one.

Here are the details:

Saturday, May 17, in Lincoln: NRA's Women on Target clinic will be led by veteran clinic director Patricia McLelland at the Coon Creek Trap & Skeet Club. The cost is $60 for the day and includes two rounds of shooting, targets, shells, eye and ear protection, and lunch. Sign-in starts at 8:30 a.m.. Click on the image to the left for a printable registration form, or if that doesn't work for you, email me here and I'll send you a copy of my PDF. The registration deadline is April 25.

Sunday, May 18, in Jackson: The True Sportsman Club will hold its 10th annual Women's Shooting Clinic at its shooting range in Jackson. Women will get the opportunity to learn about and shoot shotguns, rifles and handguns. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and costs $25 per person, which includes breakfast snacks, gourmet lunch, targets and ammo. Pre-registration is required. Click on the image above for a printable registration form, or contact Kathleen Lynch by emailing her

Saturday, Aug. 16, in Morgan Hill: California Waterfowl's new Women's Outdoor Connections initiative brings you its first event at Coyote Valley Sporting Clays: a shooting clinic for women and kids. The day runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes shooting at the rifle, trap, skeet and archery ranges, as well as lessons on conservation, wild game cooking and "Hunting 101." The cost is $30 per person, and you get half off for friends and family members. For $10, men can join the women and kids for lunch and do a little shooting on their own while we're all off having our own fun. Click on the image above for a printable version of the registration form, and if that doesn't work for you, email me here and I'll send you a PDF version. Pre-register by Aug. 14.

To all the women out there who have thought about trying the shooting sports or hunting, I have to say all of these are great opportunities to dip your toes in the water without having to make a major investment or a substantial mental commitment. For anywhere between $15 and $60, you can just check it out for a day. If you like it, swell - there are a ton of people who will support you in your effort to learn. We are all around you, eager to share what we know.

And if you don't enjoy it? Well, you got to spend the day outdoors trying something new. And even if you never pick up a gun again, you'll know a little more about firearms, and that knowledge alone is worth the price of admission.

© Holly A. Heyser 2008


Anonymous said...

Hi Holly:

It is nice to find someone to express their opinions, who have found the wonderful nature of hunting and the outdoors. It is too bad it has to be only by blog and cannot get a larger public exposure. In California (my state of birth)more is needed. Are you useing steel shot, now that your state is outlawing lead? So far we have been fortunate that Washington still allows lead except for waterfoul. If that is your picture holding the phesants, you bear a little likeness to your grandmother (on the Heyser side) and a little to your Dad. Keep up the good writing, even us males enjoy it. Our Turkey season starts next week up here, but I am waiting for another week to head for the hills.
Your uncle Ken sent me your blog info.

NorCal Cazadora said...

Steel for the ducks, lead for everything else. For now. The lead ban kicks in July 1 for about one-fifth of the state, but it will spread, I'm sure.

As for who I look like: I'm 90 percent dead ringer for my mom, with lighter hair. I inherited the long waist from my dad and his mom. And the piss and vinegar in my attitude? Well, that's tainted my whole gene pool, so who knows where that came from (though Grandma Esther's a good bet).

I am most certainly a Heyser, through and through - I see it more and more every day. Time uncovers it, just the same way time uncovers what your face truly looks like, stripping away all that softness of youth.

Thank you so much for commenting!