BOW pro­gram teaches out­door recre­ation skills for women

The Covington News - - SPORTS -

Women in­ter­ested in the out­doors, but per­haps with lit­tle to no out­door knowl­edge, can dis­cover hunt­ing, fish­ing, boat­ing and other recre­ational skills through a pro­gram se­ries pro­vided by the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources’ Char­lie El­liott Wildlife Cen­ter.

Be­com­ing an Out­doors-Woman (BOW) is a non-profit, ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram of­fer­ing hands-on work­shops to women of all ages and fit­ness lev­els. Ca­sual-styled classes en­able women to learn about ev­ery­thing from shoot­ing clays to bird­ing.

No ex­pe­ri­ence is nec­es­sary. Ses­sions led by out­doors pro­fes­sion­als give novices and more ex­pe­ri­enced par­tic­i­pants enough knowl­edge to pur­sue their out­doors in­ter­ests when the work­shop is over.

Week­end work­shops be­gin with lunch Fri­day and end with lunch Sun­day. In be­tween, women 18 and older can choose from more than 25 classes, such as out­door pho­tog­ra­phy, small game hunt­ing, fly fish­ing, hik­ing, kayak­ing, out­door sur­vival skills, GPS and Geo­caching, na­ture pho­tog­ra­phy and rope-as­sisted tree climb­ing. Firearms safety and hunter ed­u­ca­tion classes are of­fered to any­one who has not taken ei­ther course.

A Be­com­ing an Out­doors-Woman work­shop is sched­uled for Nov. 8-10 at Char­lie El­liott. The cen­ter is near Mans­field, less than an hour south­east of At­lanta off In­ter­state 20. Par­tic­i­pants will lodge at Char­lie El­liott’s con­fer­ence cen­ter, part of a pop­u­lar com­plex in­clud­ing a wildlife man­age­ment and pub­lic fish­ing area.

Find regis­tra­tion in­for­ma­tion or learn more at www.geor­giaw­ildlife.com/BOW or by call­ing (770) 784-3059.

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