The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) has developed a program designed to offer women and girls ages 14 and over the opportunity to gain valuable in-the-field skills in an environment that encourages fun and success in the outdoors.
This new program, Women in the Outdoors, will target women who want to learn outdoor skills through inexpensive courses addressing such topics as basic camping, flyfishing, botany, wild turkey hunting, canoeing, birdwatching, archery and shooting sports.
The NWTF provide this program to teach women about wildlife management, increase their participation in outdoor recreation and encourage support of the NWTF's mission to conserve wild turkeys and preserve the hunting tradition. In addition, this program will provide the foundation to train women as outdoor educators and develop a network of outdoor enthusiasts with similar interests.
"We're especially excited that these outdoor learning experiences will be events offered at a very affordable cost that will appeal to today's busy and budget-conscious woman," said Rob Keck, NWTF executive vice president and CEO. "I am proud to announce that Bass Pro Shops, Bottom Line Electronics, Federal Cartridge Company, Hunter's Specialties, International Paper, Mead Paper, One Stop Hunt N Fish, Patton Pictures, Realtree Outdoors Products and Whitewater Outdoors have committed to be major sponsors of this new program."
A Women in the Outdoors program is slated for July 31 at Bar M Ranch near Twin Bridges in West Plains.
Course offerings will include bird watching, archery, wild edibles, trap shooting and dutch oven cooking, along with several other topics. The cost of $40 will provide the use of equipment and instructional material for all registrants. This event is limited to the first 50 registrants, and pre-registration is required. Contact Nita Cawvey at 417-256-2983 to register.
In the last 25 years, nearly 115 NWTF and cooperator dollars have been spent on projects benefiting wild turkeys and other wildlife throughout the United States and Mexico. In 1973 there were an estimated 1.3 million wild turkeys and 1.5 million wild turkey hunters. Today, there are an estimated 5.2 million wild turkeys and approximately 2.5 million wild turkey hunters.