Still room in women's outdoor workshop

Posted: Friday, May 14, 2010

JUNEAU - There's still slots to snag for this year's Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop, a three-day seminar focused on women's outdoor skills happening May 21-23 at Echo Ranch.

Michele Elfers, a fly fishing instructor at this year's event, said the classes are both informative and liberating. For her, they helped her overcome her fear of guns and allowed her to pursue the sport of hunting.

"I always wanted to learn how to hunt, but (my husband) doesn't hunt, and I felt a little funny asking the 'guys' to go hunting," she said.

After participating in a BOW workshop in Fairbanks, Elfers walked away armed with field-dressing skills and the firearm safety know-how that has allowed her to continue with the sport.

This year's workshop has 24 classes to choose from including crabbing, skiff handling and dutch oven cooking, among other topics.

"It's for anybody," Elfers said of the workshop. "The classes are focused on beginners, but there are some women who just want to get out and participate."

There are a total of 80 spots in the course, and Elfers said there's still room.

Cost to participate is $250 per person and the price includes meals, lodging, gear and instruction. The field dressing class costs an additional $50.

Classes are open to anyone 18 and older, but the teaching style is designed for women.

About 20,000 women a year learn fishing, hunting and other outdoor skills through the program, which was founded in 1990 and now has classes in 46 states, Canada and New Zealand.

For more information or to register, contact Sarah Power at sarah.power@alaska.gov or at 465-1192.



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