The ladies were tough too
Mrs. W.P. Shattuck was one of the participants. She was accompanied by her husband, who is a marks man of considerable skill. They live in Minneapolis and participate in many of the tournaments through the West. Mrs. Shattuck was one of the central figures in this year’s race. and several hundred spectators watched her shooting, following her from one set of traps to the other, and loudly applauding each good kill.
Mrs. Shattuck is a pleasing figure and handles a gun with wonderful precision. Her position at the score is graceful and she shows a perfect knowledge of the art of wing shooting, possessing good judgment and plenty of that necessary adjunct for a successful shot nerve. She was attired in a short black skirt, high laced shoes and a tight-fitting Jersey coat. She wore a plain black hat, with two feathers of black and green.
Mrs. Shattuck made her first appearance at the traps in 1894, and her first experience with live birds was at the Du Pont tournament, in 1896, when she scored 18 out of 25. At the Elkwood traps she stood at 25yds., and on the first day scored 14 out of 15 in an exhibition match, and in the Nitro Powder handicap grassed 14 out of 15, certainly a very fine showing. In the big handicap event she killed 21 out of 25, losing two birds dead out of bounds, killing 15 birds in succession. Some of her kills were very clever and would have done credit to any of the experts.
For a woman Mrs. Shattuck shoots a rather heavy charge. She uses an L. C. Smith gun weighing 7 ¾ pounds, 3 1/4 drams of Du Pont powder 1 ¼ ounces No. 7 1/2 shot, in first barrel, and 3 1/2 drams, 1 ¼ ounces No. 7 shot in second barrel; loaded in a 3-inch Leader shell.

Edited by Drew Hause (10/03/09 05:38 PM)