Workshop teaches women the basics of outdoor skills

Published: Friday, January 26, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 26, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

A Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshop is scheduled for March 30 -April 1 at the Ocala Conservation Center in the Ocala National Forest.

These workshops are designed primarily for women, but provide an excellent opportunity for anyone 18 years of age or older to learn the outdoor skills usually associated with hunting and fishing, and a variety of outdoor pursuits. The focus is on learning a variety of outdoor skills that strike a balance between hunting/shooting, fishing and non-consumptive activities like canoeing and camping.

The session topics include: introduction to panfishing, fly fishing, reading the woods, shooting sports, handgun shooting and hunting, and shotgun shooting and hunting; basic archery and bowhunting skills; basic wilderness survival skills; outdoor photography basics; boating basics; bird-watching basics; basic camping and backpacking skills; the primitive chef; canoeing and kayaking basics; Florida whitetails know-how; basic personal safety skills; small-game hunting basics; hunter safety course; turkey calling; black powder firearm basics; and basic wilderness first aid basics.

This workshop is designed for:

· You have never tried these activities, but have hoped for an opportunity to learn.

· You are a beginner who hopes to improve your skills.

· You know how to do some of these activities, but would like to try your hand at some new ones.

· You enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded individuals.

The workshop consists of four three-and-a half-hour sessions held at the rustic camp facilities. Lodging is dormitory style. Meals are served at designated times cafeteria-style. The registration fee is $175 and includes instruction in the topics you choose, program materials, use of demonstration equipment, lodging and all meals starting with lunch on Friday through lunch on Sunday. Workshops and topics are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call (352) 625-2804.


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"I've been without a hard-bait sponsor for a lot of years," Thliveros said. "I'm not the kind of person who changes positions for another dollar here or another dollar there. I've always tried to form relationships with sponsors that are long-term. So I've been kind of biding my time waiting for the right offer from the right company."

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