New York DEC Offers BOW Event in September

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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Pete Grannis today announced that the next Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshop will be held September 5-7, 2008 at Silver Bay on Lake George, Warren County. This is the fifteenth year that DEC has offered these workshops. To date, more than 2,000 women have participated.

"Increasingly, women are making up a larger portion of hunters as they learn and develop skills such as those offered at Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshops," said Commissioner Grannis. "These workshops are important in encouraging future anglers, hunters, trappers, and outdoor enthusiasts as the women share their new skills with their spouses and children."

"I gained the skills and learned the basics so that I can now go out and do these things on my own."

"I learned so much, made new friends who like the things I like, gained confidence and plain old had fun!"

"I had a great time, I learned a lot and really enjoyed myself. I would highly recommend this program to any woman interested in learning more about our great outdoors."

Those are just a few of the comments by women who participated in the BOW workshops.

A recent survey by the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) found a 75% increase in the number of women hunting from 2001 through 2005. More than 3 million women hunt and over 5 million women now enjoy shooting sports.

The BOW program offers weekend long workshops that include more than 30 different outdoor skills classes. Participants choose four half-day classes in subjects such as camping, map and compass, shotgun, muzzleloading, archery, fly fishing, fly tying, fishing, deer hunting, canoeing, GPS, wildlife identification, kayaking, canoeing, outdoor photography, fish and game cooking, survival and wilderness first aid.

In the evening, participants can listen to stories around a blazing campfire, enjoy a slide show, learn how to clean a gun, or how to avoid hypothermia.

These educational workshops are designed to help women learn outdoor skills in a fun-filled and stress-free atmosphere. They have been extremely popular in part because of the experienced and extremely knowledgeable instructors that teach the classes.

Although the workshops are geared toward women, anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to participate. The registration fee for the three-day workshop is $190 a person, which includes instruction in all sessions, program materials, use of equipment and meals. The registration fee does not include lodging. Because Silver Bay has a number of different lodging options, workshop participants must arrange their lodging directly with Silver Bay based on their room and budget preferences. Lodging rates range from $40.00 to $170.00 for the weekend.

For more information contact Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4754 or phone (518) 402-8862.

Registration materials and further information are available on the DEC website, http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/68.html.