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September 27, 1999

For More Information contact:
Natalie Baratta-Verdi at 609-777-4194

The New Jersey Division of Fish, Game & Wildlife will host its final three Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (B.O.W) workshops for the 1999 season. Two of the courses, a surf fishing seminar and a saltwater fly fishing class, will be offered at Island Beach State Park in Ocean County on Saturday, Oct. 2. Also, a pheasant hunt for women is scheduled on Saturday, Oct. 16 at the Buttonwood Game Preserve in Harmony, Warren County.

These workshops are geared primarily toward women but open to anyone 18 years or older wishing to learn new outdoor skills, improve existing skills and/or enhance their appreciation of the outdoors in a relaxed and friendly environment.

The two saltwater fishing classes are part of the Beyond B.O.W. workshop series and are being held in conjunction with the Governor's 8th Annual Surf Fishing Tournament at Island Beach State Park on Sunday, October 3. The Surf Fishing Seminar, held from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., offers participants an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of surf fishing with plenty of hands-on experience. The Fly Fishing Clinic for Women, held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., offers the basics of saltwater fly fishing with a focus on casting and stripping techniques. The fee is $25 for each class and includes materials, equipment, lunch and registration for the Governor's Tournament the following day. Overnight accommodations are also available on a limited basis for an additional $25.

Registration is still open for both of these programs. If interested, call 609-777- 4194 and leave a message specifying the workshop of interest and whether you require overnight accommodations along with your name, mailing address and a daytime phone number.

The Pheasant Hunt for Women, co-sponsored by the New Jersey Friends of the NRA, will be held on Oct. 16 beginning at 7:30 a.m. The workshop offers students an opportunity to experience a quality, guided hunt at the scenic Buttonwood Game Preserve. Participants will be teamed with experienced instructors and dog handlers. The fee for this hunt is $15 and includes lunch. To register, call 856-629-7214.