‘Ladies’ day’ in the outdoors planned


By Andy Winemiller - [email protected]



Una Freeman paddles down the Fisher River as part of a kayaking class at a previous Women in the Outdoors event.


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Penny Harrison shoots at the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Women in the Outdoors event.


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DOBSON — Those looking for a “ladies’ day out” might find just what they need at an event on Saturday.

Lee Freeman, from a local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, said Saturday’s Women in the Outdoors event at Fisher River Park is set to be a day those in attendance won’t soon forget.

“There’s something to appeal to everybody,” said Freeman, who is president of the Tri-County Ridge Runners NWTF chapter.

Freeman said just like in years past, women and girls 8 and older can partake in events such as pistol shooting, rifle shooting, skeet shooting, archery, kayaking and many others.

The event, which is in its eighth year, will also include a yoga class and a basic survival skills class this time, according to Freeman. Another highlight will be a day-long fishing derby.

“In the past, the fishing derby has been only part of the day. This year it will take place throughout the whole day,” explained Freeman. “That should be appealing. It gives ladies time to fish on their own time frame.”

Freeman said bait is provided. However, those who attend the event must bring their own rod and reel. Most everything else for the day is provided in the $15 fee for the event.

“It includes ammunition, lunch and prizes,” said Freeman.

Freeman said throughout the years women and girls of all competencies in the day’s many events are welcomed.

“If you’re advanced, it’s just all-day fun in the outdoors,” remarked Freeman.

However, Freeman said many ladies come with no knowledge of the outdoor activities, and many leave with a new-found interest.

“It’s a great opportunity for a lady who wants to learn or try something new,” said Freeman, noting past examples of women who came to the event afraid of firearms and left with plans to purchase their first gun.

Freeman said every class is taught by a trained professional, making the Women in the Outdoors event the perfect place to learn or find a new passion. No participant will be made to feel inferior because she has no knowledge or prior experience in any of the outdoor activities.

As Freeman noted, “Even the professionals were beginners once.”

The $15 fee buys admission to the event and pays for participation in all of the classes. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. at the park on Saturday, and Freeman said it should wrap up around 3 p.m. The day includes a lunch.

According to Freeman, the proceeds from the event go toward the federation’s mission of conservation and will also help local chapters such as his host other events.

Those who wish to participate may register at Fisher River Park on the morning of the event.

Una Freeman paddles down the Fisher River as part of a kayaking class at a previous Women in the Outdoors event.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_FisherPark7_filtered.jpgUna Freeman paddles down the Fisher River as part of a kayaking class at a previous Women in the Outdoors event. Submitted photo

Penny Harrison shoots at the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Women in the Outdoors event.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_FisherShoot_filtered.jpgPenny Harrison shoots at the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Women in the Outdoors event. Submitted photo

By Andy Winemiller

[email protected]

Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.

Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.

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