The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


June 10, 2013

Bob Garrett's column: Girls, get outdoors


A wide range is an understatement because as Bowersox described each of the stations that will make up Ladies Day, I couldn't think of too many outdoor activities that won't be part of the day. Ladies Day at the Buffalo Valley Sportsmen will begin in the morning with a quick orientation to the day's events and a short safety briefing. Then the participants will choose small groups who they will travel with around the club grounds as they learn-and-do at each station. Every twenty minutes or so, a horn will blow and the group will move to the next station.

These stations include firearms of many types, archery, fishing, kayaking, water safety and master gardening. At the firearms stations, the women will learn the full cycle of firearm selection, cleaning and maintenance, shooting and defensive uses. The actual firearms that the participants will shoot include .22 caliber rifles and pistols, cowgirl-style revolver, trap shooting with several makes and models of shotguns and even a chance to fire-off a muzzleloader.

While visiting the club's large pond the participants will learn about fish species, fishing gear and lures, fish spotting and then they will get to try their luck at catching a fish or two.

Given that Saturday is the first day of bass season, maybe some of the participants will head out right after the event is over to see if they can catch their supper? Also on the pond, there will be a kayaking demonstration and a water safety discussion. There could be plenty of time for everyone to get a chance to paddle around the pond a little bit.

The archery events include recurve, compound and crossbows. Archers will shoot at both 2-D and 3-D targets. A local master gardener will be on hand to discuss tips and to offer a few garden-fresh samples.

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