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Words: Felix Bartlett
Featured in the May 2012 issue

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Welcome to the merry month of May, with a whole lot of shooting going on and something of special interest to the ladies. It is quite nice to see that more and more ladies are involved with shooting, or are interested in taking part. The only snag is that so many ladies have such a good eye for a target that quite a few male shooters are running out of excuses for coming second!

WATCH THE OLYMPICS
The BBC has announced that it is to show live coverage of shooting on every day of competition at this year’s London Olympics. All the action from the shooting finals will be available to view live on the BBC website, as well as being featured across the corporation’s output on television and radio.

ONE FOR THE LADIES
As promised, here’s one for the ladies: The University of Lincoln is hosting a Ladies Clay Shooting Training Day at its Riseholme Park Campus for the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) on 12th July 2012.

The BASC Ladies Clay Shooting Days are designed to encourage women to take up shooting and assist them with clay and/or game shooting. 

BASC Midlands Area regional officer, Liz Lamb said: “I think there is no shortage of interest from women, it’s just that we find it more difficult to get involved. This is particularly so for the lone woman who has no initial contacts or no-one to go shooting with. It can be a daunting experience to find your way around what is generally perceived as a man’s world and to have our genuine interest taken seriously.  The Ladies Training Days address this problem by introducing new contacts and offering all the follow-up support needed. 

“So you will not only make many new friends but also develop new local contacts to share in your future shooting activities. From here on BASC will assist you with any shooting queries you may have – whether you are looking for new shooting venues or need advice on purchasing guns etc. For those who wish it, we will take the responsibility to find live quarry shooting opportunities for you.

“On your day you will learn about guns and cartridges, gun fit, safety, master eye, stance, certificates and licences as well as field etiquette and dress. You will be part of a small group and be allocated a BASC coach who will remain with your group throughout the day. Clay shooting instruction will take place in the morning, with a theory session and further shooting after lunch. The day is ideal for the novice shooter or complete beginner, although the more experienced shot will still benefit from the day as one-to-one tuition is assured. If you’ve already started shooting, the day offers you the opportunity to improve on your skills and meet other like-minded women, keen to become involved in clay and/or game shooting.

“The cost of the day is £68.50. This will cover all costs including tea/coffee on arrival, a buffet lunch, all coaching, cartridges*, clays, gun hire and all safety equipment. You may bring your own gun (with appropriate certificate) if you wish. You will be made to feel most welcome.
“BASC will supply 20 and 12 gauge cartridges. If you will be bringing a different calibre of shotgun with you please let us know at the time of booking so we can purchase the correct cartridge size for you. 

“Since places will be limited to ensure that everyone gets the best out of the day, do book early. I hope you will be able to join us for what is sure to be a very enjoyable day – you do not have to be a BASC member to attend one of these days. For further information or to book your place, please phone me, Liz Lamb, on 01335 324 507”.

*Please do not bring your own cartridges.

BASC also organises Driven Game Days just for the girls. You will have a minder with you all day to guide and assist you. Register your interest now for the 2012/2013 season.

LIZ’S ‘NATIONAL LADY SHOT REGISTER’
“In a bid to promote and support ladies’ shooting, I have now set up a ‘lady shot’ register which aims to put women in touch with other lady shooters in or around their locality. This is a great help if you are looking for company for clay shooting activities or practice. If you would like to join my register free, please phone me on 01335 324 507.”

BASC CANCELLATION POLICY
In certain instances it may be necessary to cancel an event. While this may be unfortunate, BASC reserves the right to cancel this Ladies Day without prior notice, however, every effort will be made to provide as much notice as possible if cancellation proves necessary. In the event of a cancellation all monies will be refunded.

COUNTY CHAMPIONS
Lincolnshire Clay Pigeon Shooting Association championships are almost halfway through and there have been some familiar faces among the winners. Here’s the list so far:

Olympic Skeet
Gary Taylor

Olympic Trap
Seniors: John Winn
Ladies: Alison Dupree
Juniors: Jack Wilkinson
Veterans: John Winn

Double Trap
Seniors: Brian Wilkinson
Juniors: Jack Wilkinson
Veterans: John Winn

English Sporting
Seniors: John Lee
Ladies: Rosie Brumby
Juniors: Rob Russell
Veterans: Stewart Chester

Once again all the championship matches are being held outside the county because of a lack of facilities. Hopefully that will soon be amended.

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