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Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program Offers Wing-Shooting Workshop

Hunting Skills Training in Garrett County Sept. 28-30 

Photo of women huntingThe Maryland Department of Natural Resources is offering a unique opportunity for a dozen women to take to the field Sept. 28-30 for a fun weekend of sporting clays, a shotgun skills clinic and an optional upland bird hunt.

The Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program, run in partnership with Calibered Events and Wild Wings Hunting Preserve, provides an opportunity to learn the basics of using shotguns by practicing on the range, as well as being able to try their hand at five-stand sporting clays.

Range practice and sporting clays will take place Sept. 28 and 29. For those wanting to take the next step, an optional hunt will be offered Sept. 30 for an additional fee.

“This is a great opportunity for beginners to jump in and take their shotgun skills to the next level,” Wildlife and Heritage Service Associate Director and Program Coordinator Karina Stonesifer said. “The experience of being able to try these types of activities in a friendly, no-pressure environment is what makes these workshops so special.  If you’ve never hunted with dogs, watching them work is as exciting as waiting for birds to take flight.”

For those who register for this workshop, all meals from Saturday breakfast through Sunday breakfast will be provided, as well as lodging and equipment, including loaner shotguns for those who don’t have their own. Lunch Sunday for those who participate in the hunt will be provided as well. Wild Wings Hunting Preserve will also provide guides with hunting dogs to ensure each participant has the ultimate hunting experience.

Registration is limited to 12 participants, and priority is given to those who have never attended. Program, registration and pricing information can be found online. Join the mailing list to receive program news and updates.


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