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Inland Fisheries offers six Outdoorwoman workshops

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 165, No. 17, April 23, 2003

AUGUSTA The state Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's (IFW) Becoming an Outdoorswoman (BOW) program has scheduled six workshops to leam hunting, fishing, and other outdoor skills.

BOW is offering four one-day programs with an emphasis on a single skill such as marksmanship, a shotgun clinic, hunting over dogs, whitewater canoeing and backpacking. Participants in the shotgun workshops must have previously taken a Firearm Safety program, either at BOW or elsewhere. Those who attend the Hunting over Dogs workshop must have Hunter Safety Certification. It is recommended that Swif(water Canoeing participants have taken Introductory Canoeing at a BOW weekend, or have some familiarity with a canoe. As for Backpacking: Welcome one and all. Applications are available online at Registration deadline for the April 26 Shotgun is April 21st.

The annual BOW weekend, September 12-14,2003 offers participants a choice of introductory-level seminars in more than 20 areas, such as fly tying, fishing, archery, map and compass, canoeing, hiking, firearm safety, hunting, and shotgun. Each person attends four seminars : Friday afternoon, Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday morning. Mini-seminars and other enjoyable activities round out the weekend. This event will be held at Camp Bishopswood on beautiful Meguntigook Lake near Camden.

If you've always wanted to leam outdoor skills, or if you've tried before and been frustrated, consider a BOW program. These opportunities are designed (primarily) for women; they are taught by dedicated and skilled leaders; and they provide a supportive atmosphere that encourages learning.

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The following BOW programs are scheduled for 2003:

* April 26, Shotgun Clinic in Scarborough, cost $55, limited to 20 people (must have taken a BOW firearms course or have Hunters Safety Certification).

* May 18, Hunting over Dogs in Milo, limited to 10-15 people (Hunter Safety Certification required).

* June 14, WTiitewater Canoeing Clinic in Bryant Pond, cost $55, limited to 20 people.

* September 6, Shotgun clinic in Hermon, Cost $55, limited to 20 people (Must have taken a BOW firearms course or have Hunter Safety Certification).

* September 12-14, BOW weekend at Bishopswood in Hope, $190, limited to 100 people (scholarships available).

* October 3-5, Backpacking in Parsonsfield, Cost $150, limited to 20 people (scholarships available).

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