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 17-19, 2006 for the 18th Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshop sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Women 18 and older throughout Louisiana and neighboring states will attend an educational hands-on outdoor three-day skills workshop.
Women can register beginning Jan. 17, 2006. All applications must be accompanied with a $140 check or money order made payable to Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries 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 find out how to apply, go to our website.
Participants will 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/trailering, 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.
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. It 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 Permenter 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 education. The forms will not be available until January 17, 2006. They 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.
Editor: 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. Thank You