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Women aiming to be hunters hone their wingshooting skills

Sam Cook, Duluth News Tribune on

Published in Outdoors

"Mainly I wanted to become a more consistent shooter -- and a group of ladies is a lot more fun to hunt with than your husband," Petersen said.

The women worked to improve their shooting week by week, knocking down clay targets at Old Vermilion.

"In the beginning, they had some apprehension," Fouts said. "They were a little timid, worried about the shotgun's kick. Now they're out there with no fear."

They learned that hitting fast-moving clay discs sailing away from them wasn't easy.

"Initially, some of the women might have been embarrassed that they weren't very good shots," Fouts said. "Now, there's none of that. They're not embarrassed, and they're better shots. They find out that not everyone hits everything."

He enjoyed teaching a group of women.

"I feel, on the whole, it's much easier teaching women than men or boys -- because they listen," Fouts said.

Participants in the Duluth and Grand Rapids classes are likely to get exposure beyond their hometowns. The wingshooting classes that Fouts taught in Duluth and Kouffeld taught in Grand Rapids were recorded on video for Ruffed Grouse Society chapters across the country to use.

"We feel there's an opportunity to take it nationally," Fouts said. "We've had interest from RGS chapters in other states."

"It's been a wonderful class, a great class for learning the basics -- gun safety, how to clean the birds, how to work with dogs," Shult said.

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