Applications for women’s outdoor skills workshop available

Applications for women’s outdoor skills workshop available

LITTLE ROCK (AGFC) – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is accepting applications for this year's Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop, scheduled for Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2016 at the C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center in Ferndale.

Sarah Baxter, BOW coordinator for the AGFC says the workshop offers a much-needed gateway into hunting, fishing and wildlife watching for many women looking for mentors in the outdoors.

"Women are the fastest growing segment of people enjoying the outdoors," Baxter said. "But one of the biggest roadblocks is getting enough knowledge and hands-on experience to feel comfortable getting out there. That's what Becoming an Outdoors-Woman is all about."

Baxter says many women may feel uncomfortable asking basic questions to their husbands, male friends or relatives that have been in the woods all their lives. Many others are looking for camaraderie and acquaintances who can share outdoors experiences. This workshop helps get women started on the right foot and make new friends for such pursuits.

"Bottom line, a woman can do anything a man can do outdoors, they just have to be prepared," Baxter said. "We want to give them the knowledge and tools to take away some of that intimidation factor."

BOW offers instruction in more than three dozen outdoor activities, including canoeing, fishing, hiking, fly-tying, archery, boating, birding, outdoor photography, Dutch oven cooking, scuba diving and shooting sports. BOW instructors provide basic and advanced instruction tailored to each participant's individual ability.

The BOW workshop is held at the C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center in Ferndale. It is located about 15 miles west of Little Rock. Classes begin at noon on Friday and end at noon on Sunday. Raffles, door prizes and evening programs are included in the event.

The $125 registration fee includes all food, lodging, equipment and supplies. Participants will be housed in a dorm-style facility with numerous amenities, including a pool, tennis courts, hiking trails and a well-stocked lake. Visit for more information.