Women invited to sign up for CPW's women-only Cast and Blast in the Roaring Fork Valley
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Recognizing the need for education and mentorship, Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Hunter Outreach program is offering a Women's 'Cast and Blast' seminar in the Roaring Fork Valley, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., June 1.
The all-day class is designed specifically for novices that want to learn how to fly fish and use firearms safely, but prefer a comfortable, women-only environment learning from CPW officers and volunteers.
Registration is required. Contact CPW's Glenwood Springs office at 970-947-2920 to reserve your spot and get additional information. A refundable amount of $30 will hold your place in the class and will be returned on the first day of the seminar.
"We hold these women-only Cast and Blasts across the state and they are very popular," said Matt Yamashita, acting area wildlife manager. "Many women that have attended these seminars are then able to use the knowledge they gained to hunt and fish on their own or teach their friends, children or even a spouse, and that is a very good thing."
Yamashita says outdoor recreation has long been a part of Colorado's heritage and hunting and fishing continue to be a major part of the state's identity. He adds that women have a role in ensuring Colorado continues to have viable populations of a variety of wildlife species for current and future generations to enjoy.
"Wildlife is supported by hunters and anglers through the sale of hunting and fishing license," he said. "The more people participate, the more wildlife benefits. Men have traditionally participated, but women can and should play a role. Cast and Blast seminars will help them do that."
CPW will provide all equipment and supplies. Participants only need to bring appropriate clothing and footwear, water, snacks, lunch, insect repellent, sunscreen and any other supplies necessary for a day outdoors, including a hat or cap and sunglasses.
"Our students should be prepared to be challenged, learn something new that will provide a lifetime of enjoyment and have a great time," said Yamashita. "Come on your own, or bring a buddy or two for a day of adventure."
CPW's Hunter Outreach Program includes workshops, clinics, seminars and educational hunts that focus on teaching the skills, ethics and traditions of hunting to novice youth and women.
For more information, visit the CPW website.
Who: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
What: 'Cast and Blast' seminar
When: Saturday, June 1
Where: Roaring Fork Valley
Contact: To reserve a spot, call CPW at 970-947-2920