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Press Release

Four-Time State Winner Uses Shooting Skills To Raise Money for National Charities

June 11, 2007

Contact: Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, 334-242-3469
Marisa Lee-Sasser of Lowndesboro won first place in the 2007 Alabama National Sporting Clays Association Championship-Ladies Division for the fourth time. Lee-Sasser is the regional hunter education coordinator for Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Division. The annual Alabama National Sporting Clays Association Championship was held this year at the Lower Wetumpka Shotgun Sports Club in Montgomery on May 19-21.

Additionally, over Memorial Day weekend, Lee-Sasser traveled to Branson, Missouri to shoot against national competitors and celebrities in the Irlene Mandrell Celebrity Shoot which raises money for Wish Upon a Star, Inc. and the Boy Scouts of America. Lee-Sasser finished second in the Ladies AA Division behind winner Deann Massey of Michigan. Celebrities on hand included the Mandrell Sisters – Barbara, Louise, and Irlene – actor Steve Kanaly who played Ray Krebbs in the TV drama Dallas, Roy Rogers, Jr., actress Anne Lockhart, world-recognized artist James Partee, former three-time Super Bowl Champion Miami Dolphin Manny Fernandez, and many more. “It was exciting to be around such down to earth, fun people who all had one priority, to raise as much money for the charities as possible,” said Lee-Sasser. Wish Upon a Star grants wishes to children ages 3-18 who have terminal illnesses.                

Lee-Sasser has been shooting competitively since 1998. She won the ladies state title in 1999, 2000, 2006, and 2007. “Sporting clays is a challenging, but extremely fun sport,” said Lee-Sasser. “It’s great being able to do something I love both in competition and in my job.” Lee-Sasser is one of three regional hunter education coordinators in Alabama and is responsible for working with instructors who teach hunter education in the central part of the state. State law requires first-time hunting license buyers, born on or after Aug. 1, 1977, to complete an approved hunter education course prior to purchasing a hunting license. The course includes firearms safety and handling, responsible hunting and hunter ethics, wildlife laws, wildlife management and identification, archery, muzzleloading, first aid, survival, and game care.

Additionally, she coordinates Alabama’s Archery in the Schools Program that certifies teachers to teach archery in the classroom and culminates in a state championship once a year in late April or early May. Last year nearly 700 youth participated.
Marisa also assists as an instructor at the Department’s Becoming an Outdoor Woman (BOW) events held every March and October in Columbiana, Alabama; coordinates youth shooting sports events statewide and conducts various other wildlife-related public outreach programs.
 Marissa Lee-Sasser shows how to hold a shotgun.
“We are very proud of Marisa and fortunate to have her working for the Department,” said WFF Chief of Wildlife Gary Moody. “Her sharp skills and ability to teach those skills to others are real assets. Combine those with her positive attitude and it is easy to see why she is a leader and a role model.”
Additionally, Lee-Sasser is an active member of the National Sporting Clays Association, the Alabama Conservation Enforcement Officers Association, Bowhunters of Alabama, and the Alabama Wildlife Federation.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Parks, State Lands, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit