By John Lauritsen

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Cheyanne Bell feels just as much at home when she’s shopping as she is with a shotgun on her shoulder at the shooting range.

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The 16-year-old from Zumbrota, Minn., took second at the Women’s World Shooting Championships last summer and is currently ranked No. 3 in the nation.

“I’m pretty sure my parents wanted me to be a boy,” she said. “Not many girls do this and I just kind of got thrown into the sport.”

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With an uncle as a dog trainer who took part in shooting competitions, Bell got hooked four years ago. With the blessing of her mother – Carla Haglund – Bell got her firearm safety permit.

“Yeah, I’m really surprised,” Haglund said. “I don’t know where it came from – probably her dad.”

Bell, the 2011 National Youth Player of the Year, said the girls she’s friends with don’t have much interest in her pastime, but the guys, on the other hand, think it’s pretty cool.

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“I think of it more as a hobby,” Bell said. “Kind of like old people golf a lot. So this is going to be my hobby forever.”

John Lauritsen