Dakota Hunting Club near GF to offer women’s sporting clays program

Grand Forks and East Grand Forks offer a wealth of summer shooting opportunities, but a new program on tap at the Dakota Hunting Club’s sporting clays range will be taking that to a new level.

Beginning June 12, an instructional clay target and shooting program will be offered for female shooters at the sporting clays range southwest of Grand Forks. As part of the program, four instructors certified through the National Sporting Clays Association will work with the women to help them improve their shotgun skills and perhaps even try upland or waterfowl hunting if they so desire.

The program is open to female shooters of all skill levels.

Don Dietrich, a longtime clay target shooter and one of the certified instructors, said he’s already received about 30 calls from women who are interested in the program, along with about 20 personal contacts.

“I don’t know how many will show up, but if most do, we may be swamped,” Dietrich said in an email. “I am quite excited to see so much interest and really look forward to our inaugural year.”

There’ll be an orientation and registration at 7 p.m. June 12, and the shooting will commence the following Tuesday night and continue for six weeks. The program wraps up July 31.

Cost for the program is $40, and participants should bring either a 12- or 20-gauge shotgun. There will be shotguns available for women who don’t have guns, but they will need to provide their own shells. Shells are available onsite.

The Dakota Hunting Club is located southwest of Grand forks at 1854 11th Ave. N.E. From Interstate 29, go four miles west on 32nd Avenue to Airport Road. Go one mile south and then two miles west. Watch for the signs.

For more information, contact Dietrich at (701) 739-5312 or Mike Elgin at (701) 772-8789.

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