DNR and NWTF Host Outdoor Events for Women

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The Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the National Wild Turkey Federation are teaming up to promote more outdoor recreation opportunities and events for women in Illinois.

The agreement focuses on collaboration in providing instructors, equipment, facilities and promotion for hunting, fishing, recreational shooting and other hands-on outdoor activities to be conducted throughout the state as part of the IDNR’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program and the NWTF’s Women in the Outdoors program.

"This agreement is a natural for both the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the National Wild Turkey Federation,” said IDNR Director Joel Brunsvold. “We have worked for many years with the NWTF and its Illinois chapter officials and members on habitat enhancement, turkey releases and hunting programs. This is another chance to partner with a great sporting organization to generate interest in and expand hunting and outdoor recreation opportunities.”

Brunsvold said encouraging more women to enjoy outdoor activities is the goal.

“Our Becoming an Outdoors-Woman programs are among the most popular events of their kind in the country,” said Brunsvold. “The NWTF has a network of volunteer instructors and technical support staff who will help make BOW sessions even better. And our staff, volunteers, equipment and facilities can help make the many Women in the Outdoors activities staged by the NWTF even better.”

“We have always had an outstanding relationship with the Illinois DNR,” said Trish Berry, National Wild Turkey Federation Women’s National Coordinator. “Working together, we’ve accomplished a lot for hunters and outdoors enthusiasts. Our new Women in the Outdoors partnership is exciting because it enables us to introduce and educate more women about the outdoors, wildlife conservation and our hunting heritage.”

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman weekends hosted by the IDNR in 2004 are scheduled for June 11-13 at the Lorado Taft Campus in Oregon and September 17-19 at Pere Marquette State Park near Grafton. Activities during the sessions include expert instruction in fishing, bow and firearm shooting skills, bird calling, canoeing, camping and nature photography. More information on the BOW program is available on the IDNR web site at http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/education/BOW/.

NWTF Women in the Outdoors programs provide opportunities for women to participate in camping, fishing, hunting, hiking, mountain biking and other activities. The Illinois chapter and local chapters of the NWTF have scheduled a number of Women in the Outdoors events throughout the state in 2004. More information is available on the NWTF web site at www.nwtf.org.