RICE LAKE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Heavy drizzle didn't stop a group of women from stepping outside of their comfort zone and learning how to fire a gun, many for the first time.
Brill Area Sportsmen's Club in Rice Lake has for years been trying to break the stereotype that only men get to shoot guns for sport. They're giving women free lessons on how to use firearms.
Nine women from all across Wisconsin today were fired up to learn the craft of shooting guns.
“There are stereotypes that evolved- that men are the ones that are supposed to do the hunting, handling the firearms; but ladies began to enjoy it a whole lot more than they used to,” said event instructor Dale Kringle.
Kringle with Brill Area Sportsmen's Club says the club has been introducing women to the sport for 13 years.
The point is to teach women that shooting at the range can be a fun hobby, without having to kill any animals.
Saturday the ladies learned how to shoot shotguns, rifles and finish the day off with pistols- all free of charge.
“I won’t lie-it was a little scary at first,”- said Amanda Siega, who shot the gun for the first time Saturday.
The event focused on women with little or no experience - whether they use the skill to hunt or for other reason, like Siega.
“I just wanted to learn, if I’m ever in a situation, that I know how to use it, how to unload it, how to take care of it; that's the main focus,” explained Siega.
“I was very nervous, thought maybe I’m going to shoot off my finger; but definitely they teach you all the safety precautions all that,” said another first-time shooter from Milwaukee Lori Ledwig.
Instructors from the shooting range as well as DNR volunteered their time and supplied the firearms.
“It’s very nice when you knock down the target,” shared Siega.
“It’s very exhilarating, a little crazy, but very exciting at the same time,” said Ledwig.
And besides knowledge on proper stands and how to hold a gun, the ladies say they will take away a sense of accomplishment.
“That they can actually do something that they didn't think they could in a safe manner,” added Kringle.
Brill Area Sportsmen's Club holds two free shooting events for women a year. The next one is scheduled for this upcoming spring.