Becoming an Outdoors Woman program on tap

Target archery is one of the hands-on courses taught at Becoming an Outdoors Woman. (Submitted photos/DNREC)

Target archery is one of the hands-on courses taught at Becoming an Outdoors Woman. (Submitted photos/DNREC)

DOVER — Women have two opportunities to participate in Delaware’s Becoming an Outdoors Woman program this year.

Registration is open for the two separate one-day events. In the past, there was one weekend event.

The first opportunity is Sept. 24 at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes and the second will be Oct. 8 at Lums Pond State Park in Bear.

Courses offered include a choice of two 1.5-hour sessions or one 3.5-hour session each morning and afternoon. Volunteer will offer instruction in a safe, supportive and non-competitive atmosphere. The cost of each one-day program is $75 and includes meals, instruction and use of necessary equipment and supplies.

Hands-on courses include target archery, crabbing, clamming, surf fishing, fire-building, beginner shotgun, bird-watching, kayaking, fly-fishing, nature photography, camping and camp cooking, geocaching, daypacking/hiking, trapping and various other outdoor activities.

Not all courses are available at both locations. Specialty courses include Intro to Horseback Riding at Lums Pond, and Tom, Jake, Buck & Doe: A Hunter Education Intro Course and the Cold War Bike Tour at Cape Henlopen. Intro to Natural Resources Law Enforcement with a K-9 demonstration will be offered by DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police on both dates.

The program is geared for those who:

• Have never tried these activities but have hoped for an opportunity to learn.

• Are a beginner who would like to improve your skills.

• Have some experience but would like to try new activities.

• Are looking for camaraderie with like-minded individuals.

Registrations must be received by Sept. 9, with registration packets available at de.gov/bow. Please send completed registration forms with payment to: Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife – BOW, 4876 Hay Point Landing Road, Smyrna, DE 19977. For more information, contact Lynne Pusey at (302) 422-1329 or email lynne.pusey@state.de.us.

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