Sioux Lookout Anglers and Hunters host sixth Women’s Outdoor Weekend
Jesse Bonello - Staff Writer
Sioux Lookout Anglers and Hunters (SLAH) successfully completed their sixth Women’s Outdoor Weekend.
From July 21 to 22, women participated in archery, fishing, canoeing, ATVing, chainsaw use, gun handling and shooting, as well as outdoor survival skills, techniques and, for the first time, paddle boarding.
“We got 15 participates, which was a good number for the program. There were a couple ladies from Dryden, so now they’re going to try and see if they can start something similar there,” explained event organizer Dorothy Broderick.
“The idea is to take the outdoors and make it more accessible to women, who sometimes feel left out of that aspect of the outdoors. Our focus is on hunting, foraging, gathering and those kinds of aspects. This year we introduced paddle boarding for the first time. We wanted to switch it up a little bit and bring in something new,” Broderick continued.
This year’s outdoor weekend featured favourite activities like archery, gun handling and shooting, and combined them with new activities like paddle boarding and quading. Like usual, the weekend was a success and left participants raving about their experiences.
Participants took to the Sioux Lookout Anglers and Hunters Facebook page to express heartfelt thank you’s for another successful Women’s Outdoor Weekend.
“I would just like to say what an amazing club we have. This weekend we ran the W.O.W. event and none of this would have been possible without the amazing group of volunteers, and club members that are willing to lend us their time, equipment, and food preparation,” Judy McCormick posted on the SLAH Facebook page, which is set up as a public group.
“It was such an amazing weekend. Thank you to everyone who made it possible,” Tiana Korobanik posted.
“It was a fantastic weekend. Thank you for the special invite, now it’s time to see what we can do in Dryden,” Loretta Bilous posted, who was one of the participants from Dryden.
“Participants fall in love with it. A lot of them join the gun club after, or archery, and get more involved with it,” said Broderick.
“Our goal is to get people out and using nature the way it was intended to for food, hunting and for fun. We need to get people off those screens,” she concluded.