I was recently contacted about a lady shooter from our area. As I have stated many times, more ladies are getting into the shooting sports and enjoying it. Annette Ensor has been shooting and hunting for many years, but over the last few years has become a champion in sporting clays.

Sporting clays was developed from a mixture of skeet and trap shooting. It involves the shooting of clay disk from an assortment of hunting-like offerings. The clay birds may be from many different flying positions to one bouncing along the ground.

Ms. Ensor didn't know anything about sporting clays until she attended DNR's Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshop. Afterward she attended several shoots at a local gun club and took lessons from Donald Kagle. The instructor did a great job because Ms. Ensor, as of this writing, has won shoots in several states.

She won the State Championship in 2006 and 2007, placed second in 2008 through 2011. She has attended three National SNCA championships in San Antonio, Texas, with shooters from all over the world. On her first trip in 2005, she took home trophies in Ladies Champion class B and high score for a first time attendee.


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She has won many more local and national trophies over the last few years. She was in the top 10 percent of the lady shooters and made the All-American Team. She is still shooting but not as competitive, as she is spending her time working with her nieces on outdoor projects.

She has started them with archery and she says that they love the outdoors as much as she does. Ms. Ensor wants these young ladies to have a chance to experience as much of the shooting sports as she has.

Ladies, if your husband or boyfriend goes shooting, you should try it, too. You may like it.