State wildlife agency sponsoring BOW Field Days this month

State wildlife agency sponsoring BOW Field Days this month

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will sponsor two Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Field Days this year. The first will be on June 14 in Knoxville at the John Sevier Hunter Education Facility. The second will be held June 20-22 in Crossville at the Clyde M. York 4-H Center. The relaxed atmosphere of the BOW Field Day is primarily aimed at women, but is an opportunity for anyone 18 or older to learn outdoor skills usually associated with hunting and fishing; however, it is useful for many outdoor pursuits. Workshop participants will have a chance to take two classes during the event. This year’s BOW Field Day in Knoxville offers classes in basic archery, introduction to firearms, introduction to pistol shooting, Dutch oven cooking, outdoor perils, women’s self defense, boating safety education, and all terrain vehicle operation. The BOW Field Day will be held rain or shine. The fee for June 14 is $25 and includes lunch and snacks. Registration is taken on a first-come, first-served basis. This year’s June 20-22 workshop offers classes in firearms and firearms safety, basic fishing skills, advanced fishing techniques, all-terrain vehicle operation, archery, outdoor cooking, Cajun cooking, hiking/backpacking, beginning fly fishing, nature photography basics, basic canoeing, basic shotgun, backyard habitat, map and compass, introduction to muzzleloading, introduction to turkey hunting, introduction to deer hunting, wild edible foray, stream ecology, advanced land navigation (GPS), birdwatching, and basics of safe trailer towing. The fee is $150 and includes lodging at the Clyde M York 4-H Center, meals, t-shirt, and a 2008-09 Tennessee Hunting and Fishing License. Registration is taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applications for either workshop may be obtained by contacting Donald Hosse, wildlife education program coordinator, at don.hosse@state.tn.us or telephone (615) 781-6541. Published in The Messenger 6.4.08

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