|Ladies preparing to rule the range at Fulton's Pathfinder Fish and Game Club: (left to right) Rose Bentley, Trinity, FL; LouAnn Daniels, Oswego, NY; and Joy Lower, Mexico, NY.|
LouAnn Daniels loves to shoot.
The Oswego native is so good at it she participates in shooting events like the Ladies Charity Classic, a National Skeet Shooting Association affair which raises money for worthy causes ranging from Ronald McDonald House and Rochester’s Strong Memorial Hospital to the Wounded Warrior Project and Fisher House Foundation.
But her activism doesn’t stop there. Indeed, her love of shooting, and the freedom and empowerment it provides, has led her to teach countless women how to handle firearms, skillfully and safely.
In July 2013, she wanted to reach more women and started Ladies Rule the Range, a day-long shooting event designed to teach beginners the thrill of shooting sports.
Events are held each summer at Fulton’s Pathfinder Fish and Game Club. Club members serve as instructors.
“The first year 51 ladies, ranging in age from 14 to 80 years old, entered the competition. The second year 81 entered. This year we hope to break 100,” claims Daniels.
This isn’t simply a fund raiser.
“It’s a social event,” says Daniels, “with a lot of camaraderie and laughing. Ladies pack everything from pistols and shotguns to lever action rifles,” she adds, “and they shoot skeet, five stand, archery…”
Daniels considers recreational shooting a family affair. She tells how one man brought two daughters and his wife to an event and they all took to it like a spark to gun powder.
“One actually loves it,” she boasts.
Daniels even taught her 27-year-old son how to shoot.
He loved her gun, so she made a deal with him. If he beat her at skeet 3 times in a row, she’d give him the gun. Two months later it was his.
She didn’t mind, however, because it gave her the incentive to buy the pump gun she always wanted a year later.
This year’s Ladies Rule the Range event takes place at the Pathfinder Fish and Game Club on Saturday, July 25th. Doors open at 8: a.m.; “shooting starts promptly” at 8:30.
A $25.00 fee entitles participants to the use of a gun (bring your own if you got it), ammunition, targets and lunch which will include pulled pork from a wild boar.
Cowgirl and cowboy action shooters will give demonstrations on a set depicting the Old West.
For more information, contact Daniels by calling (315) 409-6566; or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|LouAnn Daniels spotting for Rose Bentley|
Seven year-old Sonya Benhassen of East Syracuse struggling with a huge largemouth bass she caught at the June 27 Kids Fishing Class Spider conducted at the Oneida Lake Fish Hatchery.
Another fishing class is scheduled at the hatchery, located on NY49 (right at the bridge) in Constantia, on August 22. Class runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and all equipment is provided FREE for the day; or bring your own.