The Yorkton Wildlife Federation wants to see more people out and enjoying the trap shoot at York Lake. The second annual Ladies’ Night was held at the Trap and Skeet Club, with over 30 women braving the wet weather to get out, have a meal and shoot some skeet.
The goal of the event is to get people out at the club explained Cameron Nash with the YWF. The ladies’ night, in its first year, brought out 30 members, and most of those had never shot skeet before, said Nash, which is huge, because it means more people getting interested in the sport. The second year had over half as returning shooters.
“Having a ladies’ night removes a lot of the barriers, [the idea] that it’s for macho men… It gives them a chance to hang out with their peers, shoot a gun, and try something they’ve never done before.”
One of their goals is to be welcoming to beginner shooters, and there are coaches on site to help people learn how to shoot and get comfortable with the gun, said Nash. They want to remove some of the fear that surrounds guns.
“A lot of people have apprehension about handling a firearm if they’ve never been around one, or held one. You keep safety in the forefront of everything, and it’s a very safe, fun and enjoyable sport to do.”
It’s also a sport that beginners can quickly get the hang of, and Nash has seen some prodigies out at the club.
“At Lobsterfest, we had people who had never shot, and ended up shooting eight out of ten, which is huge for their first time.”
While it is an easy sport to pick up, but Nash warns it’s not an easy one to put down.
“Once you hit your first clay, it’s such a huge feeling of satisfaction that you just want to do it again and again and again.”
The sun wasn’t out on June 15, and heavy rain meant the Sun’s Out, Guns Out event was postponed to June 22. It’s a family event, open to everyone, with prizes and draws.
The event will also feature the new 3D Archery Shoot at the club. The goal behind adding archery was to better use the site, Nash explained. They have a beautiful area near York Lake, with a cabin-style clubhouse and lots of woods, so they thought it would be a smart move to add more reasons for people to visit. Clearing an old trail, adding shooting lanes and picking up ten targets, they now had something new for people to try out.
Beyond special events, shooting happens every Tuesday night at the club, and they welcome all skill levels to go out and join them.
“If you don’t have a gun, we have plenty that we can help you out with.”