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Women’s Shooting Sports offers training on gun safety

By Natalie Woodruff
Special to The SUN

For the 14th year, volunteers and District Wildlife Managers (DWMs) from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be offering the Women’s Shooting Sports workshop on June 27, 28 and 29. Sixty women will have the opportunity to have classroom and range training on gun safety and handling.

In addition to the DWMs, instructors include retired and current law enforcement personnel, hunter education instructors and other volunteers with years of knowledge and experience.

The classroom portion of the workshop is Friday evening and includes dinner. All 60 women must attend this portion of the workshop and the entire group is together. Women will learn pertinent firearm terminology, talk about the responsibility of owning and using firearms and other “classroom” type subjects.

For the range portion of the workshop, the class is split into two groups. Thirty women will have a full day at the range on either Saturday or Sunday. Range day includes breakfast and lunch.

There will be six different stations women will visit during the day. Five women at a time will visit each station and rotate through all six stations during the day. The six stations will be archery, .22 rifles, pistols, muzzleloaders, shotguns and large-caliber rifles. Firearms and ammunition are all supplied. Participants may bring their own firearm and ammunition and have the opportunity to become more familiar with their particular firearm.

Archuleta County Sheriff Peter Gonzalez recognizes completion of this class as the required training for an Archuleta County resident to obtain a concealed carry permit.

The workshop fee is $50 per person. There is room for approximately 30 more participants. At this time, Sunday is the only range day available.

If you would like more information or an application, please email Natalie Woodruff, mnwoodruff@skywerx.com, or call 749-4209.  Applications can be emailed or picked up. Availability is on a first-come, first-served basis. Application and payment to Woodruff confirms attendance.

This story was posted on June 19, 2014.