Outdoor Weekend For Women Coming Up

If you’ve been reading our mag since we kicked off Northwest Sportsman in October 2008, you know we often feature women on our cover and inside our pages.

Gals on the open ocean with albacore, in wind-sheltered Puget Sound with a pink salmon, in the cool fall days of the Methow or Central Willamette Valleys with bucks.

(MAIN IMAGE: DEL STEPHENS; INSET: RYLEY FEE)

There’s a program that aims to get more women like our cover gals outdoors too.

Known as Washington Outdoor Women, it helps women access the outdoors through a weekend-long early-fall skills camp.

(GARY LUNDQUIST)

The next one’s coming up September 17-19 at Camp River Ranch in Carnation, the Girl Scout Camp on Lake Langlois.

It includes 20 different classes to choose from, everything from archery, basic freshwater fishing, big game hunting, fly tying and fishing, kayaking, map and compass work, survival skills and more.

The $235 tuition covers instruction, lodging, food and equipment needs; scholarships are available.

Registration deadline is Sept. 3, or when spots are filled — there’s space for 125. The event is open to women 18 years and older.

For applications, go to washingtonoutdoorwomen.org/registration.htm

If you miss this one, there are one-day workshops held around the year as well.

An outreach program of the Washington Wildlife Federation, hundreds of women have enrolled in WOW workshops since it began in 1998. It’s sponsored by WDFW, RMEF, Greater Seattle Chapter of the Izaak Walton League, Filson, Orvis and others.

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