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Women-only outdoor skills event scheduled

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Women who want to learn valuable outdoor skills and receive an introduction to hunting and fishing are invited to attend a "Cast and Blast" weekend workshop July 15-17, sponsored by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The event will be held at the beautiful Jim Olterman/Lone Cone State Wildlife Area, located about 25 miles south of Norwood in western Colorado.

The event is limited to 15 people and the application deadline is June 30.

At the event, women will learn the basics of fly fishing, shotgun shooting, archery, wildlife watching and camping. Participants will also learn about the basics of wildlife management. Colorado Parks and Wildlife will supply all sporting equipment -- shotguns, ammunition, bows and arrows, and fly rods and tackle. Those who have a 20-gauge shotgun, fishing or archery gear can bring their own.

"This program is designed for women and provides a very supportive atmosphere for those who want to learn about fishing, hunting and wildlife," said Kelly Crane, district wildlife manager in Ouray. "We especially invite women who have little or no experience to join us."

Participants must have a current Colorado fishing license.

Participants should bring their own camping gear; they can camp in their own tent or sleep in a cabin. All food will be provided. Those with dietary restrictions, however, should bring their own supplies.

Anyone interested must submit an application. A $40 deposit is required.

Those interested in the workshop should contact Darlene Trainor at 970-252-6000, or via email at darlene.trainor@state.co.us.

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