Wyoming BOW Event in June

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The Wyoming Game and Fish Department wants Wyoming women to pick up their camera, fishing pole or shotgun and experience the outdoors through the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman camp this June.

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) is an outdoor skills program offered by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department each summer. The weekend-long workshop introduces women to a variety of activities they can enjoy in Wyoming's great outdoors - from hunting and shooting to fishing, canoeing or wildlife photography.

Wyoming's BOW camp will be held June 18-20, 2010 at the Whiskey Mountain Conservation Camp near Dubois. Women participants can select from a variety of classes and programs, tailoring their experience to their individual interests and comfort level. Classes include shooting, firearms safety, fly-fishing, outdoor photography, campfire cooking, horse packing, outdoor survival and archery.

The original BOW program was started more than 15 years ago as a way to allow women to learn about and participate in outdoor related skills in a safe, non-threatening environment. Although interest by women in outdoor activities is increasing across the nation, some still need a nudge to try a new activity like hunting or fishing and turn it into a lifelong passion. Game and Fish believes BOW workshops give women the chance to take that first step and get involved.

"Some women believe they can't, or shouldn't, try a particular activity," explains Janet Milek, BOW workshop coordinator and aquatics educator for the Game and Fish. "It can be intimidating starting in an outdoor activity. We really strive to create a fun, supportive atmosphere. BOW is a great venue for women to take a risk or learn a new skill so that one day, they can enjoy all of the great outdoor activities this state has to offer."

Evenings are left free for the women to test some of their new skills such as hiking to nearby Lake Louise or fishing Torrey Creek or the Wind River. They can also enjoy special programs on wildlife photography and area history and culture or explore the surrounding landscape with other participants.

"It's not just about the activities, it's about enjoying the whole experience and the camaraderie of women," says Milek.

Applications for the June session will be accepted through April 15, 2010. The three-day event costs $150, which includes all meals, equipment and lodging in rustic cabins. Space is limited to fifty women, and final participants will be selected through a random draw.

Applications are available on the Game and Fish Web site at gf.state.wy.us by clicking on "Education" then "Becoming an Outdoors-Woman." (Contact: Janet Milek (307) 233-6404.)