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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 3, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 8 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD ihursday, October 3, EVELYN LEFFINGWELL Dainty lass is big bore gunner "HUNTERS" YOU HAVE AMMUNITION FOR YOUR GUN! YOU HAVE FUEL FOR YOUR VEHICLE! DO YOU HAVE FOOD SUPPLIES 'OR YOUR HUNGER? SHOP MARTEN'S IGA COALDALE ALBERTA The Store" that Really Cares! By GARRY ALLISON Herald Sports Writer Evelyn Leffingwell may- be just a wisp of a lass, but she packs quite a whallop. She has won 75 shooting medals and trophies and has taken both antelope and deer while hunting. She is a marksman, or is it markswoman, supreme. She began hunting pheasants and ducks about 12 years ago and moved into competitive shooting and big game hunting in. natural progression. "I liked bird she said, "but once 1 tried competition shooting and big game hunting I gave it up. You have to pick one or the other and I love the ri- fle and .22." She originally started hunting because her hus- band was so involved in it. "It was the old 'if you can't beat him join him' she laughed. MAKE YOUR HUNTING HEADQUARTERS THE EL RANCHO Bt Hotel 526 Mayor Migrath Drive Featuring Cocktail Lounge Outrider Tavern Coffee Shop Dining Room Indoor Pool 70 Air Conditioned Rooms Color Cable TV ENTERTAINMENT NIGHTLY IN LOUNGE ft TAVEBN "Frank taught me everything about shooting. He has won over 100 trophies and medals for his shooting." The Leffingwell living room reflects their love for hunting with rifles, trophies, medals and stuff- ed game throughout the room. She uses a .243 calibre ri- fle and also a small calibre .22. "Frank won't let me shoot a .308. He says the recoil would be too much for me. I can shoot all day though with my .243 and it doesn't bother me." The first pheasant she Hushed, she shot right handed, but that was the last time. "I don't think I could even hold a rifle properly right handed now, even though I am right handed." The reason for the change to the left shoulder was because; she couldn't close her left eye, only the right one. "Frank noticed I was aiming funny and when he saw what I was doing he had me switch shoulders. Frank taught me how to shoot left and I've been shooting that way ever since. I had no bad habits to overcome left handed and he showed me the proper way right from the start." Because of her size, her husband cuts the stock to fit her on all her rifles. She is one of the best shooters in Canada and many of her trophies are won in open competition with men. She has won the Lethbridoe fish and _grand aggregate club trophy, a fact many male shooters would like to forget. In 1967 she was the national indoors women's small bore champion, shooting from three positions, prone, kneeling and standing, "I enjoy shooting very much. I love hunting because you can get out in the fresh air and ejoy the countryside. It doesn't matter if we get an animal just as long as we're out- doors." The couple always hunt together and occasionally come across another hunting party in the bush. "People who don't know us are surprised to see a woman big game.hunting and many think it's a'bit of a joke. But Frank has always said women make better shots than men because -they have no nerves." The Leffingwells shoot out of the Lethbridge Marksmen's Club and both serve as instructors for the Green Acres Kiwanis Junior Gun Club, having" taught over 200 juniors how to handle a rifle properly the past number of years. So if you're hunting and see a gal coming'through the bush don't laugh if it is Mrs. Leffingwell, chances are pretty good she can outshoot you. CUTTING and WRAPPING of BIG GAME PRO CUSTOM CUTTING ;