Fisheries and Land Resources
October 2, 2017

Becoming an Outdoors Woman Workshop Now Open for Registration

Registration is now open for the Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshop taking place at Woody Island from October 13 to 15, 2017.

The Becoming an Outdoors Woman Program provides an opportunity for women to experience and learn new skills associated with outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, camping and hiking.  This event will focus on living off the land which is reflected in the workshop selections.  A full list of workshops is included in the backgrounder below.

The fee is $275 and includes all meals, accommodations and course materials. To receive a registration package, please contact Debbie Howell at, 709-229-7888 or visit the Department Fisheries and Land Resources website.  Early registration is encouraged as the program fills up early.  Participants must be 18 years of age and financial assistance may be available for students and single parents.

|“This program provides a unique setting to engage with nature and learn more about our wildlife resources and natural landscape.  I encourage women to register and take advantage of all the benefits this program has to offer.”
Honourable Gerry Byrne
Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources

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Classes Offered at Becoming an Outdoors Woman Workshop
Woody Island - October 13 to 15, 2017

Bow/Archery Basics
This class will cover the features of bows and arrows, and how to handle them accurately and safely. There will be a range set up where participants can try out archery equipment.

Fly Casting
In this class participants will learn about the equipment and clothing required to enjoy this marvelous form of fishing. They will learn good casting techniques, how to join lines and when to use different types of flies.

Outdoor/Nature Photography
Participants will learn to use their digital cameras to take great nature photos. This workshop will cover the basic parts of a camera, show the settings needed to maximize picture taking skills, as well as teach some professional hints for taking great photos at home or out in nature. Participants of all levels of experience are invited and are asked to bring along their digital cameras as well as camera guidebooks.

Hunter Education – field techniques*
Field techniques include species identification, basic equipment on a hunting trip, map and compass skills, understanding firearms and ammunition, as well as hunting and game tracking.

Kayaking/small boats
Participants will paddle through the beautiful waters of Placentia Bay. There will be time to examine isolated coves and secluded inlets

NL Outdoor Cooking
Participants will learn to prepare tasty dishes outdoors. Three ways to cook outdoors will be demonstrated: on a kelly kettle, with a mini burner and over an open fire (after they build that fire of course). As per instructor Lori McCarthy’s philosophy participants will be using wild game, fish and foraged ingredients.

Excursion around the Bay
A boat trip through the northern areas of Placentia Bay is a unique way to see some Newfoundland wildlife. Participants may see bald eagles soar overhead, whales and dolphins surfacing, or even spot a moose or caribou along the shore. There will be an opportunity to have a small hike along the beach, and take in nature

Hunter Education – ecology, and wildlife management*
Learning and discussions about wildlife conservation and management, hunting laws, hunter ethics and responsibility, and other skills used when hunting.

This course is about enjoying the outdoors and understanding what’s in nature. Participants will walk and forage through our woods and onto our beaches.

Fly Tying
In this introductory class, participants will learn about basic fly tying equipment and learn some of the techniques needed to get started in this pastime. Participants will tie and take home two beginner patterns.

*Participants who take BOTH Hunter Education courses and write the exam receive credit for the provincial portion of Hunter Education certification.

2017 10 02                                                    12:00 p.m.