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Archery Classes For Women Gaining Popularity

March 27, 2014, 9:55 PM by Jared Ransom

Archery Classes For Women Gaining Popularity
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Archery Outfitters rarely sees a class that is empty, especially the two times a month where they hold sessions just for women.

"I am thrilled when I teach these people and they start to enjoy it," instructor Dana Chaussee said.

Chaussee is passing his championship tips to people of all ages, but he says it is the women that are filling his classes the most.

"We have had some women and men, but mostly it's the women and they really enjoy this class. When they get done, they don't want to quit shooting," Chaussee said.

For Kari Ranschau and her co-workers, archery seemed like something new and exciting to try.

"Thought it was a lot of fun, and we tried to get our other co-workers involved to maybe, in the future, get a league together for an out-of-work experience and bond a little bit," Ranschau said.

Ranschau was able to convince a few of her friends to join her, even some who have never touched a bow and arrow.

"Hit the target, at least try and get one bullseye, that's my goal," Shauna Sperle said.

Even though it's just a fun night out with friends, they go into the classes feeling like they have something to prove.

"It kind of seems more like a man's event, and I think it's fun for women to get out there and show that they're equally able to do these type of things," Ranschau said.

After hitting the targets for the first time, this group of ladies may have just found their new after-work activity.

"Just get out there and have a lot of fun. Get some girlfriends together, get some co-workers together and just enjoy your time together, a great bonding time," Ranschau said.

Chaussee says that once the weather cooperates, he will move some of these classes to their outdoor range, which could bring even more people into the classes.

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