Grab that gear. Sharpen those hooks. Oh, and don’t forget to patch that hole in your waders.
Why? Because registration is now open for this year’s Alaska Department of Fish and Game Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Workshop to be held May 18-20 in Juneau.
This year’s hands-on classes will be held for a third year at Echo Ranch. The outdoor-centric instruction aims to “teach adult women outdoor skills while building their confidence in their ability to get out and safely enjoy all that Alaska has to offer.”
Whether it’s satisfying that curiosity about a muzzleloading rifles — which happens to be new this year — or cultivating knowledge on wild edibles, these workshops prove to have a little bit for just about everyone. This year’s class list includes topics such as fly fishing, crabbing, horseback riding, dutch oven cooking, kayaking, deer meat processing, spin fishing, archery, deer hunting skills, shotgun, firearm safety, GPS and chainsaw - to name a few.
Michele Elfers, a fly fishing instructor at the workshop last year, said she recommends signing up as soon as possible.
"We had a long waiting list last year for women so we anticipate that the workshop will fill up fast," she said. "My best advice is to sign up soon if you want to participate."
But BOW goes beyond instructing women about the finer points of dutch oven cooking, for instance. The program aims to motivate and encourage while also creating new relationships and positive energy.
"I've been to BOW four times," Elfers said. "Once as a participant and three times as an instructor. Every year there is such a positive, enthusiastic energy at the workshop that motivates women to try new things and get out of their shell."
The workshop is limited to 80 participants and fills on a first-come-first-served basis with a priority given to those who have not previously participated in a Southeast Alaska BOW workshop. Cost is $250 per participant and that fee covers the entire workshop, meals, lodging and transportation.
Contact Sandy O'Brien at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or after March 1, download registration form online by clicking on "Spring BOW Workshop" at adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=outdooreducation.bowschedule.