Grants for women’s program available
Grants are available for three Becoming an Outdoors Woman programs scheduled during the spring by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.
The grants cover up to 80 percent of registration fees, which range from $10 to $225. Funding for the grants is provided through the Mel Porter Scholarship Fund, established by previous BOW participants. Those winning the grants must pay the remainder of the fee that applies.
The workshops include:
March 22: Fly-Fishing Basics, John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center, Fayetteville.
April 4-6: Fly-Fishing Weekend, Davidson River Campground, Brevard.
April 11-13: Outdoors Woman Weekend, Eastern 4-H Center, Columbia, N.C.
“Preference will be given in awarding the grants to first-time participants who are full-time students over age 18, to single parents of young children, and to members of low-income households,” according to a Wildlife Commission statement. “Eligibility is determined through the application and registration process.”
“In the past, scholarships have helped women take part in rewarding, confidence-building experiences they otherwise couldn’t afford,” said BB Gillen, the commission’s BOW coordinator.
Further information is available from Gillen at 919-218-3638 or email@example.com. Observer News Services
Free family fishing clinic
The S.C. Department of Natural Resources will encourage families to go fishing together with a clinic scheduled March 14 at Dreher Island State Park.
The event at Lake Murray is set for 1:30-4:30 p.m.
The free Family Fishing Clinic is an introductory class but can serve as a refresher for those who have fished before.
Instruction includes knot-tying, rigging a rod and reel, casting and other basics. After class, all participants will get to fish.
The Dreher Island park is located 30 miles from Columbia. It spans three islands, covers 348 acres and provides access to 12 miles of Lake Murray shoreline.
For registration information, contact Lorianne Riggin at 803-737-8483 or firstname.lastname@example.org. ONS
Catch of the week
A 20-pound blue catfish at Lake Norman by guide Mac Byrum of Denver, N.C. He boated eight other catfish in the 10-pound range. All were released.
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