This weekend, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is helping women become more comfortable and confident in the outdoors at Kenlake State Resort Park.
57 women from 3 states attended Becoming and Outdoors Woman workshops. They gear to teach women hunting and outdoors skills. Classes included archery, morel mushroom hunting, how to select the right firearm, wild game cooking, dog obedience and handling, winter birding, winter survival, and winter tree identification.
Participant and now instructor Lucy Rolfes says it not only brings women confidence, but helps them create lasting friendships.
“It just empowers women to go and do things that they might've been curious about, that they may have wanted to do. Do it all their lives, but didn't have the confidence,” Rolfes said.
She teaches a wild game cooking class.
“I just want women to know how to process the stuff and use it. Where people like, you don't have someone recoil because it's cooked venison,” Rolfes said.
Judy Hayden is attending the retreat for the first time. As a hunter, she's especially enjoying this dog handling class.
“I would recommend it for any woman. Any lady would thoroughly enjoy it because there's something for everybody,” Hayden said.
The program has reached more than 4,000 women in its 20-year existence in Kentucky. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources helps put on several events geared toward women a year. If you would like more information about the workshops click here.