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Openings available for Women's Fun Shoot at OKC Gun Club

Women line up to shoot different styles of rifles at the 2016 Women's Fun Shoot at the Oklahoma City Gun Club. This year's shoot is scheduled Sept. 8. There are still openings available due to a recent cancellation by a large group. [OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES PHOTO]

Women line up to shoot different styles of rifles at the 2016 Women's Fun Shoot at the Oklahoma City Gun Club. This year's shoot is scheduled Sept. 8. There are still openings available due to a recent cancellation by a large group. [OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES PHOTO]

For the first time in the history of the event, there are still openings this close to the annual Women's Fun Shoot at the Oklahoma City Gun Club.

The 19th annual Women's Fun Shoot, sponsored by the National Rifle Association's Women on Target program, is scheduled Sept. 8.

It is the largest women's instructional shoot in the country with almost 600 participants each year. For $20, women receive instruction on gun safety and get the opportunity to shoot pistols, rifles and shotguns at the OKC Gun Club ranges. Cost for ages 18 and younger is $15. Lunch and bottled water are provided.

The deadline to register for the event is April 30. However, a recent cancellation by a large church group due to a scheduling conflict has left numerous openings available, said Suzi Rouse, president of the OKC Gun Club.

“Every year I sell out in the spring and never have openings past the registration deadline,” Rouse said. “For the first time in 19 years, I do.”

Any woman interested in participating in the Women's Fun Shoot may register at the OKC Gun Club's website, okcgunclub.org/WomenOnTarget2018.pdf.

Deadline to register is Sept. 5 and it is first-come, first-served until the event is sold out. Firearms, ammunition, targets and eye/ear protection are provided. No personal firearms are allowed. The shoot begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m.

Local law enforcement officers, game wardens and members of the OKC Gun Club volunteer their time as instructors. The NRA Foundation provides a grant each year to pay for all the ammo, which is the event's biggest expense, Rouse said.

The OKC Gun Club is a few miles north of Arcadia. For more information, call Rouse at 405-818-6125 or email president@okcgunclub.org.

Drawings for OKC duck blinds to be held Sept. 15

Duck blind drawings for Lake Stanley Draper and the Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge for the upcoming waterfowl hunting season will be held at 1 p.m. Sept. 15 at Lake Draper Marina, 8301 SE 104 St.

Sponsored by the Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department, all hunters must possess a current Oklahoma City hunting permit to participate in the drawing.

A daily permit is $3, and an annual hunting permit is $12.50. Permits will be sold on site at the Lake Draper Marina. Participants must be at least age 18.

A copy of the blind site locations and hunting regulations will be posted at the drawing site. Ducks and geese must be hunted from designated blind sites. Bank hunting and hunting from watercraft are prohibited. Any watercraft used to take hunters to and from blind locations must have a current Oklahoma City boating permit.

City ordinances prohibit hunting, shooting, trapping, capturing or killing permitted ducks and geese with anything other than a shotgun, no larger than 10-gauge, using nontoxic shells not larger in diameter than size-BB.

For more information about the city's duck and goose hunting regulations, contact the Oklahoma City Police Department's Santa Fe Briefing Station at 405-789-9746 and ask for the lake supervisor, or call Lake Draper Marina at 405-799-0870.

OKC fishing fees rise on Saturday

Beginning Saturday, Sept. 1, a daily Oklahoma City fishing permit will cost $5 and an annual permit will be $20. The fees are now $3.50 and $18.50.

On Saturday, the city also will begin selling a new three-day fishing permit for three consecutive days for $10.

Reservations for bugling elk tours accepted Monday

Reservations will be accepted beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday for the bugling elk bus tours on the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in southwest Oklahoma.

Bus tours are scheduled on selected dates in September and October. Reservations can be made by calling the refuge at 580-429-2197. The bus tours through the refuge to see bugling elk are very popular, and all of the seats are normally reserved within the first two hours.

Callers can reserve up to six spots. Children must be at least 8 years old. The bus tours typically last three hours.

Ed Godfrey

Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more... Read more ›

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