Louisiana Offers Outdoorswoman Workshop

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Watch out outdoorsmen, here come 125 enthusiastic women. These women will fill the woods in Pollock at Camp Grant Walker in the rolling hills of central Louisiana on March 16-18, 2007 for the 19th Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshop sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF).

Women 18 and older throughout Louisiana and neighboring states can enroll in four classes from a selection of more than 30 topics. These subjects include bucks and does, shotgun, rifle, fly-fishing, canoeing, camping, archery, horseback riding, boating, birding, map and compass skills, outdoor photography, camp cooking and more. Expert instructors donate their time and skills in classes taught in and around the nearby streams, lakes, wooded ridges, and forest trails of beautiful Louisiana.

Women can register beginning Jan. 16, 2007 for the educational hands-on outdoor three-day workshop. All applications must be accompanied with a $140 check or money order. The fee includes instruction for four selected classes, program materials, use of demonstration equipment, lodging, meals and a T-shirt. Interested women are urged to register as soon as possible.

Two Liz Barthel Memorial Scholarships are available for this workshop to any new participant that is of low income and has children under the age of 18. The scholarship pays $125 of the $140 registration fee. The scholarship recipient will be responsible for a $15 fee. To apply for the scholarship go to LDWF's Web site at www.wlf.louisiana.gov.

Natural resource scientist Christine Thomas of the University of Wisconsin founded the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program. She completed a survey in 1991 entitled "Barriers to Women Participating in Hunting and Fishing." The survey documented that the most obvious problem was lack of instruction and encouragement.

To receive a registration form contact Bill Breed in Monroe at 318-343-1241 or Dana Norsworthy in Monroe at 318-345-3912. Forms can be faxed, mailed or you can retrieve it from our Web page at www.wlf.louisiana.gov and click on the "Education/research" drop down menu.

The forms will not be available until Jan. 16, 2007 and must be returned by mail to the address on the form. The first 125 completed registration forms received with payment will be accepted. Registration will be taken until the workshop is full. All forms received after the workshop is full will be placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations.

Join the fun and be one of those 125 women in the woods. Register for the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop and become skilled in something that you always dreamed about doing.

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman is sponsored by LDWF and is a registered trademark. Please do not confuse this program with the Women in the Outdoors program that is sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation. For more information, contact Dana Norsworthy at 318-345-3912 or [email protected].