Shotgun Donated to Women’s Shooting Program

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – August 6, 2019 – Women enrolled in the Women’s Introduction to Wingshooting Program offered by the Allegheny and Upland Bird Hunt Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society at the Mt. Jewett Sportsmen’s Club are going to benefit in the future from a donation of an over/under, 20-gauge shotgun by Dr. Dick McDowell of Bradford.

Dick McDowell with the shotgun he donated to the Women’s Introduction to Wingshooting Program

Dick McDowell with the shotgun he donated to the Women’s Introduction to Wingshooting Program

Dick won this high-end shotgun at the recent Fun Lunch of the Allegheny Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society and, immediately after winning the shotgun, donated it back to the chapter for their use in the Women’s Introduction to Wingshooting Program.  “I want a woman who does not have their own shotgun to be able to come to this women’s shooting program and have a light gun to use so they can learn to shoot,” said Dick as he handed the gun over to the chapter.

Brenda Walker, Committee Leader of the Women’s Introduction to Wingshooting Program for the two RGS chapters gushed over the donation, “Wow.  What a beautiful gun for our women to use!”

The Allegheny and Upland Bird Hunt Chapters run the only Women’s Introduction to Wingshooting Program in Pennsylvania.  This program has recently also received several other donations to benefit women entering the shooting sports:

  • Annie Wolfe, Mayor of Mt. Jewett, donated in honor of her late father James Vincent Biel from Rasselas who spent time to teach Annie to handle firearms;
  • Josie Harbison of DuBois, an enrollee this year along with her granddaughter, donated to support future women enrollees;
  • Dean Construction of Smethport donated so that women may be able to continue to receive instruction through this program; and
  • Habitat for Wildlife of Johnsonburg donated in honor of the late Tim Pierson who spent decades teaching folks different aspects of our outdoor heritage.

Any other folks wishing to make a donation should contact Brenda Walker, Committee Leader, at 814-778-4248, or email at brendawalker@hughes.net.

The Ruffed Grouse Society was founded in 1961 to promote and increase awareness of young forest management and to maintain suitable habitat that supports healthy populations of ruffed grouse, woodcock, deer and many songbird species that depend on forest diversity to survive and prosper.