Becoming an Outdoors-Woman offers unique classes

Staff Writer

LITTLE ROCK – The days of “the little lady” tagging along on a hunting or camping trip or a fishing outing are long over.

One result is the highly successful Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. It offers instruction in many topics relating to the outdoors, and participants are women only. No men are involved except for some of the instructors.

So many Arkansas women have found Becoming an Outdoors-Woman so beneficial that they ask to come back. But the preference is given to first-time participants, and enrollment is limited to 135. Repeat participants may find openings if first-timers don’t fill all the spots.

Sarah Baxter of the AGFFC’s Education Division listed the incentives of the program for Arkansas females:
• You have never tried these activities but have hoped for an opportunity to learn.
• You are a beginner who wants to learn and improve your skills.
• You know how to do some of the activities and wanted to try some new ones.
• You are looking for the camaraderie of like-minded individuals.

Any woman 18 and older is welcome to join the workshop, whether you’ve never participated in an outdoors pursuit or are a veteran outdoorsperson looking for her next challenge.

Participants will pick four classes, one each on Friday afternoon, Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.

The class choices are basic firearm safety, rifle marksmanship, shotgun basics, archery, stream ecology, basic fly-casting, basic fly-fishing, basic fly-tying, basic fishing, introduction to scuba diving, outdoor survival skills, turkey hunting 101, all about hummingbirds, outdoor photography, boating and trailering, Dutch oven cooking, advanced Dutch oven cooking, canoeing and kayaking, bird watching, ATV rider course, waterfowl 101, deer hunting 101, becoming an outdoors family, basic trapping, wildlife habitats and camping.

The BOW workshop will be Friday through Sunday, Sept. 11-13, at the C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center at Ferndale, about 15 miles west of Little Rock. The workshop begins with check-in at 10 a.m. on Friday, and ends with lunch at noon on Sunday. The fee includes lodging, meals and classes. For more information, call (501) 223-6300.