Just when I think I have a pretty good grasp of what is happening in and around our county, I get an e-mail from a reader who shares something new to me.
Forsyth County resident Jen Farrell recently contacted me about an exciting club of sorts and some fun upcoming activities that are worth hearing about.
Have you ever heard of the National Wild Turkey Federation? I am not sure how this national nonprofit organization was under my radar, but it is definitely worth learning about.
Founded in 1973, the NWTF is headquartered in Edgefield, S.C., and has local chapters in every U.S. state and Canada.
This group is comprised of dedicated hunters who love their sport, but also care about preserving our natural resources.
In fact, the group has joined with state and national organizations and agencies to help restore wild turkeys all over North America. In the process, numerous other species of animals were also helped and more than 17 million acres of habitat were restored.
The nonprofit has more than 350,000 members and has raised millions for its conservation efforts. The group does not only cater to men either. There are many chapters that have groups made up of women, called Women in the Outdoors, or WITO, that offer a wide variety of classes that target a female audience.
On April 14, the Sawnee Mountain Chapter of the NWTF is holding its inaugural Women in the Outdoors event at Etowah Valley Sporting Clays in Dawsonville. This particular event will focus on introducing women to shotgun shooting and safety. The four-hour course is $45 and that includes ammunition, instruction, range fees and lunch. Businesses can also be sponsors for the event.
My new friend Jen told me that she loved shooting guns with her father as a child in upstate New York.
“I was definitely a tom-boy,” she said. “My family hunted, so I grew up around guns. Safety was always stressed.”
Jen met Dee Lowrey, coordinator of the upcoming event, when they both had sons in Boy Scouts. The two women soon discovered they shared an interest in the outdoors, and in particular learning more about guns and shooting.
“My husband has always hunted and is very involved with the NWTF,” Lowrey said. In addition, Lowrey’s husband, Kevin, works as a wildlife biologist for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
Lowrey said she attended the state event for women last year and had a blast.
“It is fun to be around other women who are either learning a new skill or honing one they already have.”
Whether it is learning to shoot a gun, fly fishing or kayaking, this is a great and unintimidating way for women to learn skills or sports that are often considered male-dominated.
This event would be perfect for a mother/daughter outing (children 13 and older allowed), or a “girl’s day out” with your friends.
Adlen Robinson is author of “Home Matters: The Guide to Organizing Your Life and Home.” E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.