By John Anderson

The weather on Saturday could not have been better for an outdoor event, and 100 area women took advantage during the 4th Annual Women in the Outdoors Event put on by the Central Mass National Wild Turkey Federation at the Auburn Sportsman’s Club. 101 women had actually registered for up to four courses, but a last minute cancellation put the attendance at an even 100.

There were 70 instructors on hand to teach 29 courses in outdoor subjects such as Trap Shooting, Map & Compass, Dutch Oven Cooking and, yes, even Turkey Hunting 101. Every 1.5-hour class appeared well attended as women honed skills or honed knives, processed wild game, or learned how to throw a tomahawk.

The program developed by the Central Mass Chapter NWTF has received national accolades and was named the “Best Special Event in the Nation” by the NWTF in 2012, 2013, and 2014. Furthermore, it has become a national model, and Central Mass has raised the bar pretty high. Some of the events were also sponsored by the Mass Wildlife “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” program.

In between the morning and afternoon sessions, attendees were served a spectacular lunch of venison lasagna prepared by the Auburn Sportsman’s Club.

Today’s slideshow should yield a good recap of the event and generate some interest for next year. Auburn Mass Daily will provide registration information as early as possible.


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