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well over 100 yards away to re­trieve the sim­u­lat- ed birds, but only once given the com­mand. On one oc­ca­sion, he sent a dog swim­ming across a pond be­fore re­cov­er­ing the bumper and swim­ming back.

Af­ter the dog han­dling demon­stra­tion, many young hunters tried their aim trap shoot­ing.

One of the few fe­male hunters in at­ten­dance, Baylee Copsey, 10, of Mechanicsville showed the boys how it’s done when she blasted a clay pi­geon out of the sky.

Asked where she learned how to shoot like that, Copsey’s re­ply was sim­ple: “Prac­tice.”

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