Women’s Shooting Program to be Offered in North Central PA

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – March 26, 2020 – Have you heard the stories of Upland Bird Hunting – unexpected flushes, the whirr of wings, the heart-stopping moment when a bird just clears the treetops… and do you want to experience this excitement for yourself?  Then the Women’s Introduction to Wingshooting is the course for you! 

Women’s Introduction to Wingshooting is a shooting program for women and girls, taught by women.  The Ruffed Grouse Society and the Mt. Jewett Sportsmen’s Club are bringing this national program to Pennsylvania this summer.  Training will be July 25-26, August 22-23, and a hunt on September 13.

A maximum of twenty women will be accepted into this training. The program will teach women the basic skills of shooting a shotgun, safety, and one-on-one shooting experience.  Women enrolled in this course will also learn the basics of hunting game birds of Pennsylvania:  grouse, pheasant, turkey, quail, woodcock, doves and crows, and ducks and geese.  NO EXPERIENCE WITH SHOOTING IS REQUIRED TO ENROLL.

“I never understood all this stuff about gauges, shell sizes, and why it all makes a difference until I attended this course,” said a previous year attendee.  “Now I realize that the “tank” of a 12-gauge gun I’ve been using is not the gun I should be using when I want to hunt woodcock.  Gives me a good excuse to go buy another shotgun.”

Any women interested in enrolling in the Women’s Introduction to Wingshooting Course should contact Mary Hosmer at wlhab@windstream.net for further details.  Women under the age of 18 will be required to be with a parent or guardian during the course.

This program is sponsored by Sportdog, Federal Ammunition, and Purina.

Ruffed Grouse Society Notification:  The Ruffed Grouse Society takes the Covid19 pandemic seriously. We are advising enrollees this course may not be offered this year or  might be modified depending upon the latest scientific updates from the CDC. The Ruffed Grouse Society will know later this year, as they will be getting updates and recommendations from the state of PA. All enrollees will be notified of any changes.

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.