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NH Fish and Game’s “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” Winter Workshop
On February 18th, I went to the annual Winter “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” program, sponsored by the NH Fish and Game department. Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) gives women an opportunity to learn useful outdoor skills in an exciting and supportive environment. BOW offers workshops throughout the year, notably a weekend-long getaway in the fall and a day long winter session, which I had the pleasure of attending.
The winter program consisted of four different classes: Snowshoeing and Tracking, Ice Fishing, Snowshoe and Shoot, and Outdoor Wilderness Survival. The sunny Saturday began inside, with over 70 women excited to learn new skills. Each class started their day with a primer on their subject, be it animal tracking, proper gun use, or different ice fishing mechanisms.
The rest of the day was spent outside. Outdoor Wilderness Survival women learned about different ways to light a fire and build a shelter.
Meanwhile, over at snowshoe and shoot, women learned about gun safety and got to try their hand at shooting targets. The small class size allowed for one-on-one instruction.
The snowshoe and tracking class wandered off somewhere in the woods for the day, so I went to check out the ice fishing workshop.
Here’s a picture of me pretending not to be terrified of walking on a frozen lake. Luckily, there was between 10-12 inches of ice that day. Completely safe, but I was still scared!
It was a beautiful day, and fish seemed to be practically jumping out of the holes in the ice.
There was even a camp set up where women were frying fresh fish, which was quite honestly the most delicious fish I’ve ever had.
Thank you so much to Tina for letting me cover this event and Jane for showing me around for the day! I had a ton of fun. If you’re interested in BOW or any other wildlife program, check out the NH Fish and Game Department’s website!
About Theresa Conn, New Hampshire State Parks Winter Intern
Hi all! My name is Theresa Conn, and I’m a sophomore Environmental Conservation Studies major at the University of New Hampshire. Growing up in suburban Massachusetts, my family always ventured north to Lake Winnipesaukee and the White Mountains to hike and relax. When it came time to look at colleges, UNH was an easy choice; between its great location, variety of majors, and college-town feel, I was instantly hooked. In the Environmental Conservation program here, I’ve been learning about New Hampshire’s diminishing natural resources. The more time I spend in nature, the more I realize how important it is to conserve the natural spaces we have left. Keeping parts of New Hampshire wild is critical for the health of the planet and ourselves.
What I’m interested in exploring while writing this blog are the people and stories behind the parks. Be it talking to hikers on the trails, going out with animal trackers to learn about wildlife, or meeting with the stewards who protect our lands, I want to know who’s out there and why. People are the force that drives land protection, and I hope that I can share their stories using film, photography, and journalism.
Grand intentions aside, I can’t wait to find new ways to enjoy the long winter months. Staying pent up inside is boring, and I’m excited to find ways to get outside like dog sledding, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. I’m ready to explore all that New Hampshire State Parks have to offer, and look forward to sharing my adventures with you!
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