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June 26, 2015
Contact: Ronni McGlenn, (425) 455-1986 and Laura Till, (360) 902-2352

Women's workshop offers instruction on fishing, hunting, outdoor skills

OLYMPIA - Women can learn the basics of fishing, hunting and other outdoor skills at a September weekend workshop that includes sessions led by several Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) experts.

The annual workshop is scheduled Sept.18-20 at Camp Waskowitz near North Bend. It is presented by Washington Outdoor Women (WOW), a non-profit program dedicated to teaching women outdoor skills and natural resource stewardship. WOW, now in its 18th year, is an educational outreach program of the Washington Wildlife Federation.

Certified and experienced instructors will teach 16 classes, including sessions on archery, basic freshwater fishing, fly-fishing and fly-tying, big-game hunting basics, map and compass reading, survival skills, beekeeping, birding, duck hunting, first aid and other subjects.

Several WDFW staff members are among the workshop’s 28 volunteer instructors, including biologists Stacy Kelsey, who teaches “Basic Freshwater Fishing,” and Laura Till, who teaches “Map and Compass.”

Workshop participants must be at least 18 years old and must have a current Washington recreational fishing license to participate in the fly-fishing sessions.

More information about the conference, including attendance fees and a registration form, is available at http://www.washingtonoutdoorwomen.org. Partial scholarships from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation are available for first-time participants.