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Women to rule roost at Watoga Park in mid-September

 For one weekend this September, women will rule the roost at one of West Virginia's favorite state parks.

They'll be shooting, riding bikes, fishing, hiking and camping — among other things — as part of the Division of Natural Resources' semiannual Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop.

Billie Shearer, the DNR employee who coordinates the seminars, said spots are still available for the Sept. 14-16 event.

"In the spring and fall workshops combined, we average about 130 women a year," she said. "The spring workshop is usually more popular for some reason. In the fall, kids are just getting back into school and people are going to football games, so the fall workshop isn't as crowded."

Participants will stay in cabins at Pocahontas County's Watoga State Park, and will spend their days learning outdoor-related skills.

"Each woman will be able to choose four activities from the master list, and will spend half a day learning each activity," Shearer said.

Activities include archery, mountain biking, shooting, camping, fly tying, fishing, nature walking, outdoor cooking, digital photography, nature crafts, Dutch oven cookery, and deer processing.

"The seminar starts Friday at 1 p.m. and ends Sunday at noon," Shearer said. "The fun thing about these seminars is that women get actual, hands-on experience at each activity they sign up for. A lot of these women who are very active in the outdoors today got their start at our seminars."

The $150 fee includes lodging in the park's cabins and two dinners.

Participants are responsible for their own breakfasts and lunches.

Registration forms can be downloaded from the DNR's website, www.wvdnr.gov/hunting/bow.shtm. Further information can be obtained by contacting Billie Shearer at the DNR's Charleston headquarters, 304-558-2771; or e-mail billie.j.shearer@wv.gov.

Reach John McCoy at 304-348-1231 or e-mail johnmccoy@wvgazette.com.


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