Without a parent or partner to learn from, many people who would like to learn outdoors skills aren’t sure how to proceed. Enter a relatively new program by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department: Becoming an Outdoors-Woman.
The all-around program is held each June outside Dubois, offering familiarity with canoeing, archery, backpacking, shooting and fly-tying. A newer installment, Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman – Hunting, had its second class of attendees this fall at the Safari Club International’s Granite Ranch southeast of Jackson.
Twenty women worked Sept. 9 through 12 to form a solid base of skills that will serve them when they become hunters: rifle, shotgun or archery instruction and a field day. Five drew pronghorn tags, and all five harvested their animal alongside a mentor.
The Safari Club International Foundation approached Game and Fish several years ago to see if the agency was interested in partnering on a program to help people learn to hunt, said Kathryn Boswell, the hunter and angler participation coordinator for Game and Fish.
The long weekend offers a safe and comfortable place for women to learn new skills, Boswell said.
“It not only teaches women skills associated with hunting but also works with mentors to help people learn to be a good hunting mentor,” Boswell said. “People appreciate the opportunity to learn together and develop friendships with women they can continue their hunting journey with.”
Most participants were from Wyoming, but they were joined by women from the West, the Midwest and the East.
Visit WGFD.wyo.gov and click on the “Education” tab to learn more.