Kayla Kane is a dynamic young shooter from Texas who won High Lady at the Texas State Championships in the FITASC (aka, Federation Internationale de Tir Aux Sportives de Chasse) event last summer – when it was about 110 degrees.
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She bested National Champion Desi Edmunds, and won her class – which includes the boys. And for reference, she’s in C Class, would have come in Runner-up in B Class, would have won A and AA Class, would have tied for Master 12th and was only 10 birds down from the champion who shot a 99. Pretty impressive for a 14-year-old girl. She travels with her dad, John, a lot as her mom is usually at her sister’s events. They make a great pair and Syren is excited about having Kayla on the team.
Syren Savvy: Please will you tell our readers what you want them to know about you?
Kayla Kane: Probably that I’m pretty shy. I love people but don’t always know what to say. So please come introduce yourself!
Syren Savvy: How did you discover the shooting sports?
Kayla Kane: My dad introduced me to shooting when I was 3. We shot steel challenge and long range rifles, as well as sporting clays. But sporting clays is the most fun! I started going with Dad to pull the targets for him before I could really handle the shotgun, and then he had me shooting a 28 gauge with him a little bit at a time. We eventually tried a tournament and I loved it! I met so many great people and the tournaments were just so fun, I was hooked quickly. I now have friends all over the country.
Syren Savvy: Can you tell us about your favorite cause or charity?
Kayla Kane: My favorite is the Mighty Acorn Foundation, where I have 2 adopted sisters in Kenya, Africa. I also really enjoy helping others through mission trips at our church. I have a special place in my heart for Haiti and have been on a mission trip there.
Syren Savvy: When women ask you why you shoot a Syren, what do you say?
Kayla Kane: It’s very comfortable to shoot, so I can practice with it more than another shotgun, and that makes me a better shooter.
Syren Savvy: What type of feedback are you getting from women who are experiencing this line of shotguns?
Kayla Kane: The women who shoot and have shot a Syren shotgun have loved them. They love that there is little recoil and it is very comfortable to shoot.
Syren Savvy: Why is it important that a woman have a shotgun that fits her?
Kayla Kane: Mainly, so it’s comfortable to shoot, but also so you get the great feeling of crushing a target. If the gun doesn’t fit, you will struggle to hit targets. Your shotgun choice should not be a decision made by anyone else for you. In the youth shooting world, I was pressured to shoot an over/under because that is what almost everyone else shoots. But I realized that an automatic works best for me right now. As I get a bit older and stronger, I’ll probably switch to an over/under.
Syren Savvy: What’s the best way for a woman to start competing in shotgun tournaments?
Kayla Kane: Just go! You will find the people at the tournaments are very helpful. Even if you don’t have a gun yet, head over to your local tournament and ask around. Also, look for a ladies event. Syren does several demos where you can try out the different guns.
Follow Kayla’s adventures in shooting on Instagram: @ksclays.