Family Fun Day in Pine Bluffs
August 27, 2020
The 2020 Bowman Family Funday was held on Saturday, Aug. 22 in Pine Bluffs with 40 people signed up to attend the annual event.
The activities at Bowman Family Funday consisted of an air rifle trailer, archery, .22 rifle, .22 handgun, still and moving sporting clays with 4.10 – 12ga, and a casting station, said Dean Bowman, youth coordinator for Pheasants Forever.
"It's really great for kids to get out and do this kind of thing," said Nolan Woodworth, who attended the event with son Wyatt.
Colleen and Otis Gibson of Cheyenne attended the event for the first time, bringing their two daughters Allison, 10, and Maureen, 6, who both shot a pistol for the first time.
"Dad taught me how to hold [a pistol]," said Allison Gibson, who was admittingly a little scared shooting for the first time. "But It was so fun, I'm so proud."
"That's the best part of the day, the kids getting excited" said Mitch Braaten, volunteer at the pistol range.
"They're usually a little scared the first time," said John Goncalves, another pistol range volunteer. "Then they come back and tear it up."
The moving sporting clay range was staffed by members of the Muley Fanatics Foundation and Pheasants Forever.
Julia Goncalves, 3, and Mircalla Goncalves, 10, shot a 4.10 shotgun at the moving sporting clay range for the first time. "It was cool," they agreed.
"It's really a good experience, and it's not an intimidating environment," said Rex Lockman of the Laramie County Conservation District and Pheasants Forever member.
"It's great to see all the nonprofit organizations present today working together for a common goal and to help Dean and the pheasants forever chapter here in Pine Bluffs," said Bruce Boroski, regional director for the National Wild Turkey Federation.
"We've had a lot of first time shooters and for them to have exposure in a safe environment is truly what it's about. It's just giving back to the community and helping educate" said Boroski.
Future activities remain a little uncertain, but Pheasants Forever plans to do a pheasant hunt in November. If interested, contact Dean Bowman at [email protected]