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State offers Becoming an Outdoors-Woman training

Brightly colored trees are reflected in a lake on an Autumn morning.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) announced that registration is now open for the next Alabama Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshop.

The ADCNR sponsored event will takes place at the 4-H Center near Columbiana, Ala., on October 5-7, 2018.

ADCNR said in a statement that BOW is a three-day workshop designed for women ages 18 years or older who would like to learn new outdoor skills. The workshop offers hands-on instruction in a fun outdoor learning environment. Participants choose from courses such as rifle, pistol, archery, fishing, camping, hiking, canoeing, mountain biking and many more.

A new class being offered this fall is Raptor and Reptile Husbandry. A class in Medicinal and Edible Plants is also returning to the fall class schedule.
BOW coordinator Hope Grier said the classes offer basic outdoor skills training.

“There are many ladies who have not been exposed to these outdoor activities and are apprehensive about trying them,” Grier said. “BOW is ideal for those women because everything is taught at a beginner level.”

The registration fee is $275 and covers meals, dormitory-style lodging, program materials and instruction. Enrollment is limited, and classes fill up fast. Those interested in attending are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

To register for the fall BOW workshop, visit www.outdooralabama.com/bow.
To learn more about BOW including photos of past BOW workshops, visit Outdoor Alabama’s Flickr at:

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www.flickr.com/photos/outdooralabama.

ADCNR Commissioner Chris Blankenship told legislators at the annual Sportsmen’s Caucus luncheon that hunting and fishing have a tremendous economic impact on the state,

“Hunting and fishing is a way of life here and contributes greatly to the quality of life,” Blankenship said. There is a $two billion economic impact from hunting in Alabama and a $1.5 billion economic impact for fishing in the state.

Hunters and fishermen fund the overwhelming majority of the conservation and habitat restoration costs in the state; but in recent years the number of sportsmen has stagnated. ADCNR is making an effort to reach out to women, youth, and even the disabled to grow the sports.

The mission of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is to promote wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through four divisions: Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries.

To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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