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Women in the Outdoors

By: John Mulvaney
By: John Mulvaney

You've probably heard people say the outdoors is a "mans world." It’s a place where fathers and sons bond through hunting and fishing.

On Saturday, one local organization promoted the outdoors as a great place for everyone in the family to enjoy, and a great way for wives and mothers to get away from it all.

On the range, from the dock, or looking for the bulls-eye. That’s the way the National Wild Turkey Federation's women spend time in the outdoors.

Stephanie Stephens has been fishing for years, but not everyone is familiar with how to bait a hook, or take aim with a high powered rifle. That's just what the day was meant for.

It doesn't have to be perfect. You just have to have a good time and try to relax.

“So many women today have high-pressure jobs, and families to take care of,” said Stephens. “We have so many pressures on us and it’s just wonderful to get into the outdoors and nature and learn different things.”

Organizers say sometimes outdated ideas of the outdoors keep some women from the experience, but these women hope that mentality changes soon...especially with the future women of the outdoors ready to take aim.

The annual women in the outdoors event is sponsored by the Northeastern and Lawrence County Chapters of the National Wild Turkey Federation. Classes also included first-aid for your pets, canoeing, turkey calling, glass jewelry making and a nature hike.


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