The 2nd annual Ducks Unlimited Skeet Shoot event was held on Sept. 17 at the Brokenhead River Game and Fish Association Range. With the aim of educating youth and women new to the sport, 11 youths and 8 adult women joined were led by a team of expert volunteers who taught participants about safe firearm handling, as well as tips and tricks for quick and accurate shotgunning.
The free event was limited to 20 youth, women, and first time shooters. With no experience necessary, this event provided an excellent opportunity to learn about Sporting Clays, as well as get ready for fall bird hunting season.
Sponsored in part by Winchester Repeating Arms, the BRGFA ensured all participants were ready for the event by providing a mandatory safe handling and operation of firearms course prior to the main event. Main spotters acted as mentors, and stood next to each participant who shot from a designated safe zone.
Using Winchester shell and skeets supplied by Ducks Unlimited, novice shooters were nervous at first but gained confidence after the first round. Seeing those clays shatter in the sky was a real confidence booster for many first time shooters.
The barbeque was provided by Brokenhead River Game and Fish Association. Ducks Unlimited provided hats and duck calls to each participant. After the event, KS Custom Calls of Lockport provided goose and duck calling demonstrations to new eager hunters.
Ducks Unlimited volunteers and BRGFA members collaborated to organize this event. “We had a good turnout for both shooters and volunteers,” Darren Zalusky said, “and it takes a lot of people to make events like this successful.” In addition, there were over a dozen volunteers who showed up to make sure the “rookies” had a safe and exciting learning experience. Leah Penhall came to volunteer, but seeing the kids’ enjoyment prompted her and her daughter to try it out. “Thanks”, she said to her instructor, Tim Putnam, “you helped me check one thing off my bucket list”.
The BRGFA was established in 1996. It has 191 members who support and promote wildlife conservation, outdoor education and safety, and good hunting and fishing practices.
Thank you to the following volunteers (alphabetical order): Ken Molinski, Tammy Molinski, Joe Molinski, Nick Molinski, Colette Marr, Leah Penhall, Brad Porath, Tim Putman, Brett Steffes, Robyn Yates, Craig Zieske, Duane Zieske.