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Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, California offers shotgun skills workshop June 26 at Raahauge’s

June 18, 2010 | 12:35 pm

Instructor Cherel Hansen-McCracken helps a workshop attendee with her shotgun shooting skills.

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, California is hosting its popular shotgun skills workshop, A Day at the Range-South, on June 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 at Raahauge's Shooting Enterprises in Corona.

The workshop, limited to 30 participants (and yes, it is open to men also), offers expert advice on shotgun safety, shooting and maintenance.

BOW California President Susan Herrgesell has designed the one-day workshop for anyone who has considered taking up shooting as a hobby or for those interested in hunting.

"More and more women are taking up the sport," said Herrgesell. "Women can be intimidated the first time they shoot a shotgun, but once they break that clay, it’s difficult pulling them off the range."

The instructor will be Cherel Hansen-McCracken, a pioneer in women’s shooting and the first recipient of the Annie Oakley Award by the Women’s Shooting Sports Foundation. Hansen-McCracken, along with her husband, Scott, will tutor each participant in basic firearm safety, the different types of actions, different chokes and patterns, and outdoor shooting ethics. She will also cover proper shotgun cleaning and maintenance. The course will also help prepare potential hunters for the state’s required hunter safety class.

The cost of the class is $150 and includes all equipment, including the shotguns, ammunition, eye and ear protection and lunch. Registration can be completed by mail, online or by calling (530) 347-0227.

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, California, is a nonprofit organization whose workshops foster the learning process and provide the opportunity for women to enjoy the outdoors while encouraging and empowering them to build their self-confidence. The program offers workshops in one-, two- or three-day formats with valuable hands-on experiences.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Instructor Cherel Hansen-McCracken helps a workshop attendee with her shotgun shooting skills. Credit: BOW California

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