Beyond BOW Deer Creek Shotgun Event

Beyond BOW Deer Creek Shotgun Event


Yesterday I had the joy of getting outside on a beautiful day with some fantastic gals! There were 6 who attended the very first Beyond BOW course offered in Florida. BOW (Becoming an Outdoors Woman) is an outreach of the FWC. Their workshops are designed primarily for women; however, it is an excellent opportunity for anyone 18 years of age or older to learn the outdoor skills usually associated with hunting and fishing, and a variety of outdoor pursuits. These workshops focus on the learning of outdoor skills. We strive to offer a variety of topics in our workshops, balanced between hunting/shooting, fishing and non-consumptive (canoeing, camping, etc.) activities.

The Beyond BOW Workshops take this introduction a bit further. Typically only 1 skill is the focus of the day and event can be 1-2 days long.

 Deer Creek Sporting Clays in Land O’ Lakes Florida were our hosts for the event and I have to say the staff there was beyond amazing! Owners Roger and Cathy Gascoigne are both masters of this sport! Our instructor for the day was to be Roger – the only British Clay Pigeon Shooting Association (CPSA) certified coach and Associate Member of the Institute of Clay Shooting Instructors living in Florida. After introductions were made and goodie bags (donated by Not a Clue Adventures) handed out, Rodger began our instruction. We learned a lot about the history and origins of sporting clays. Rodger covered a bit of his qualifications and we could quickly see we were being instructed by the best around! Then we were introduced to various models and size of shotguns and even fitted for one that we would be using for the day. The time Roger took with each of the girls paid off! We had a varied group of ladies some that had never touched a firearm to other that were proficient with handguns. None of us were prepared for what came next.


Roger took us over and started pulling the clays explaining the process and showed us proper stance. After a few tweeks he was ready to let us give it a try. EVERY one of the girls hit at least one of their first 2 targets! We were shooting at clays that were coming towards us – from the right and even ones that ran across the ground like a rabbit (my personal favorite to hit!). I was so impressed with all the girls!


We took a break for a wonderful lunch and Roger sat in for some casual conversation. Soon, we were ready to get back at our lessons. Once everyone was brought up to speed we were all given our shotguns, ammo and taken out to the “Hunters Course” We were able to shoot at 2 target in a row (A and B “birds”) and work on the skills we learned in the morning instruction. We shot over 50 additional clays in the afternoon. Girl’s scores were all between 14 and 26. Aja – the gal who had never touched a firearm before got that high score! These scores are amazing for first time shooters and we all know it was due to fabulous instruction.


We were all good and tired by the time we finished up at 3:30 pm. After a quick visit to the gift shop we were all heading out in different directions knowing we will all get back together for an intermediate class soon!


I can’t thank BOW, the FWC and Deer Creek enough for being able to bring this class to fruition. We all had an amazing time and learned so much!


Until next time,



About notacluegal

Jeanene was born in Pittsburgh, PA. As a young child her family was very active in the outdoors. Things changed when her parents decided to travel down different paths in life and with that decision so went many of the opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Being lucky to live in the suburbs Jeanene always had a backyard to play in and loved being outdoors. As the years passed she took every opportunity to be outdoors. She bought land in Tennessee and as a single mom moved her young daughter to the mountains. The were many life lessons learned on that mountain. There was no plumbing on the property – or even a house, but that did not stop her. She learned to live off of what was available and built her own cabin from the trees on her property. Those were rough years but the most rewarding. Now Jeanene resides in Tampa, Fl. and works as an office manager full time….but still yeans to be outdoors. Jeanene started “Not a Clue Adventures” to teach everyone she could how wonderful the outdoors are! That camping and fishing and hiking can be done by everyone and at many different levels. Single mom’s no longer have to be afraid to take their sons and daughters outdoors. By working with young couples, single parents and even seniors, she gets to teach others about her love for the outdoors and hopes to open their eyes to new adventures. In 2009, Jeanene completed certification as a Leave No Trace Instructor. She also works closely with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) and the Florida State Parks. Jeanene is also certified in First Aid/Adult CPR.
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2 Responses to Beyond BOW Deer Creek Shotgun Event

  1. KC says:

    Honestly, February 20th will ALWAYS be fondly remembered as a day of great fun with great new friends. You did "Beyond BOW" proud, Jeanene … creating a marvelous opportunity that probably none of us would have enjoyed had it not been for your enthusiasm and effort! Thanks a million. KC

  2. Cora says:

    Very interesting. Thanks for sharing Jeanene.

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