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GRAND RIVER, Ohio — The Northcoast Limbhangers chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation is hosting a Women in the Outdoors fishing event Saturday, August 16, at Grand River Marina in Grand River, Ohio.

Women can enjoy a half-day of perch fishing from a charter boat on Lake Erie and register for their choice of two classes. Alluring jewelry making, basic fishing techniques, fishing gear selection and filleting and cooking are just a few of the classes being offered.

“Our program is about encouraging women to try new outdoor activities in a safe environment that makes them feel at ease,” said Patty Foster, the NWTF’s national coordinator for Women in the Outdoors, southern region. “This event is also an opportunity for women from all walks of life — singles, moms, daughters, young and old — to spend a day outdoors, away from home, having fun and making new friends.”

Since 1998, the NWTF’s Women in the Outdoors program has organized events designed especially for women. By providing expert instruction and hands-on education, the NWTF helps members develop outdoor skills and emphasizes the importance of wildlife management and the role of hunters in conservation. During its inaugural year, Women in the Outdoors hosted 18 events, and today the program organizes more than 400 events across the nation.

The NWTF’s Northcoast Limbhangers chapter, the Grand River Marina Charter group and the Lake County Visitor’s Bureau are sponsoring this event. The combination of sponsorship and local chapter support allows the NWTF to offer these programs at a low cost to participants.

Registration costs $85, and includes all necessary fishing gear, a perch lunch, fish cleaning service, a membership to the Women in the Outdoors program and a subscription to Women In The Outdoors magazine, the Federation’s full-color, quarterly publication with articles and information on various outdoor adventures and activities.

“The Women in the Outdoors program allows the NWTF to reach an entirely new audience, one that has the potential to benefit conservation efforts,” said Tammy Mowry, Women in the Outdoors national coordinator, northern region. “It’s an opportunity for women to find great satisfaction and enjoyment in the outdoors.”