Women can learn outdoor skills at DNR winter workshop

A supportive environment of fellow women is the backdrop for a workshop that embraces cold and snow this January with classes about sled dog mushing, dark house fishing, birding, archery hunting and other ways to get outdoors. 

The winter workshop is Friday, Jan. 26, to Sunday, Jan. 28, at the Audubon Center of the North Woods in Sandstone, and organized by the Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) Program of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

“This annual event is a fun way to try winter activities,” said Linda Bylander, BOW coordinator. “We’ve also expanded course options so women can begin the process of learning how to archery hunt or bow fish with help from experienced instructors.”

The archery classes are the first in a series of classes that continue later in the year designed for women who want to improve their archery skills and learn how to hunt. Winter workshop participants only interested in the archery classes can attend for a single day for $20.

“Not only can women learn the basic skills of archery hunting, but they have guidance about where to hunt and opportunity to go on mentored hunts available for women who attend the series,” Bylander said.

To host the archery series, the BOW program is teaming up with A-1 Archery, Chilakoot Bowhunters, Safari Club International and the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve of the University of Minnesota.

Participants can choose from a variety of activities to learn about and experience during the weekend. Youth age 14 or older can attend with a guardian. Lodging, meals, instruction, equipment and evening entertainment are included in the workshop fee, which varies depending on activities chosen. A winter workshop schedule with a registration form is available at mndnr.gov/bow.