Kodiak women had a chance this past weekend to learn outdoor skills from foraging for wild edibles to how to read a map. Workshops on outdoor skills were taught to more than 50 women by local outdoor specialists as part of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s program titled "Becoming an Outdoors Woman."
The program is intended to teach women who may not have had a chance to learn the skills when they were young, so that they in turn, can then teach their children what many people see as essentials in Alaska. Take fishing, for one. Or how to preserve and cook fresh-caught meat and seafood for another.
Depending on what they signed up for women learned how to hunt, use a gun, fish with a rod and reel, or fly fish. Other offerings included how to shoot with a bow and arrow and how to safely operate a 4-wheeler. Survival in the wild and safety in bear country were among the Alaska oriented skills taught during the two-day event.