Mentored events introduce new hunters to wingshooting sports
Story and photos By Allison Jenkins
It’s Sept. 1—opening day of dove season—and 20 hunters are positioned around the perimeter of a freshly mowed, mature sunflower field on Don Dettmann’s farm in Mokane, Mo.
Shots are fired. Shouts follow.
“Over the top!” “Was that you?” “Did you get him?” “Good shot!” “Whose bird was that?”
Spent shotgun shells litter the ground under 19-year-old Marissa Ziebarth’s feet, near several birds she’s harvested this morning. It’s her first dove hunt, and Ziebarth is learning the ropes from her boyfriend, Tyler Cooper, a National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) forester.
“I’ve never shot anything that moved before! I was . . .