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Shooting clinic slated for June

Deadline for sign-ups is May 19
By: Penne Usher Journal Correspondent
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One of the Auburn areas finest female marksmen is working hard to share her love of shooting and her desire to promote the Second Amendment right to bear arms. Patricia McLelland-Merydith has become a respected shooter and is hosting her eighth clinic to teach other women to enjoy the sport. “I got in to this to encourage women to come out to the gun range and have fun with their family,” she said during a recent interview. “I was hunting with my family at the time and going to the range. I saw hardly any women at the (gun) clubs.” McLelland will host the “Women on Target” National Rifle Association-sponsored women’s recreational shooting clinic June 9 at Coon Creek Trap and Skeet Club in Lincoln. Since her first clinic in 2005, hundreds of women have joined her for a homemade breakfast and lunch at the event and learned to trap shoot. “I had no idea how big this would get,” McLelland said. “This just keeps growing.” McLelland was recently recognized at a special Women On Target focus group. She was one of 11 instructors out of 3,000 from across the nation who were invited to the Washington, D.C. function. Her husband, Ron Merydith, said he is proud of his wife and her work to protect the Second Amendment. “I like seeing her do what she does,” he said. “She really encourages women and makes them feel welcome in a typically male environment. We want to ensure our children and grandchildren have the right to bear arms.” The clinics fill up quickly and those wanting to learn to attend are encouraged to register early. Registration deadline is May 19. Call Patricia McLelland-Merydith at (530) 367-3336 or e-mail wot.patricia@yahoo.com.