Saturday’s (June 14) National Wild Turkey Federation Associations “Women in the Outdoors” (WITO) event will have some new additions to the multifaceted program held annually at Ontelaunee Rod & Gun Club in New Tripoli.
Added to this years events will be an “Animal Human Conflict” seminar put on by Penn State Cooperative, a “How to Hunt Waterfall” class, and a “Venison Scrapple Kettle Cooking” class with samplings upon completion.
For you ladies who aren’t familiar with the WITO, it’s a program of hands-on workshops that introduce and help women achieve confidence and competence in outdoor skills and in a relaxed and non-competitive environment.
According to Dana Krisko, committee volunteer who is in charge of registration, 220 women have signed up so far for the myriad of classes that include handgun shooting, .22 rifle shooting, shotgun claybird shooting, bow and crossbow shooting, kayaking, fly fishing, concealed carry workshop, self defense, kettle cooking and craft making. “At this late date, most of the shooting sports have filled up but there are some openings for other events,” says Krisko.
Brenda Valentine, a/k/a “First Lady of Hunting,” will make her first appearance at this Lehigh County event and will lead off the seminar on concealed carry plus make her rounds at all the stations offering advice and encouragement to the participants.
Valentine is the national spokesperson for the NWTF and is a committed conservationist, extreme hunter, award winning TV host, champion archer and outspoken advocate of guns and hunting.
As an example of the program’s popularity, especially the handgun shooting event, Steve Homoki, a retired Easton Police officer and certified firearms instructor, who runs this particular event, said that last year he had to run two 13 women relays as there were not enough target positions to accommodate everyone at one time.
All ammunition for the shooting events is paid for by the NWTF. And the numerous volunteers for each of their respective specialties provided the firearms, bows, crossbows and arrows. But participants have the option of using their own gear but for handgun shooting, the ammo provided is somewhat caliber limited.
The fly-fishing school is done at the clubs’ on premise pond and is conducted by the Hokendauqua Chapter of Trout Unlimited. There again, all rods and gear are provided.
In interviewing a few participants during last year’s event, the age group varied from 16-60 and maybe a few beyond that. One lady said she attended prior WITO workshops but wanted to try different ones at that time.
When asking some of the ladies their profession, one gal said she drove a school bus while another said she used to be a flight attendant for an airline that went out of business.
WITO registrants pay a $55 fee that gives them a membership in NWTF and includes breakfast, lunch and refreshments. The workshops begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. and for those who wish to register should call Krisko at 610-799-4716. Or email LehighValleyWITO@yahoo.com.
BAS PRO MIKE IACONNELLI TO APPEAR AT CABELA’S
For you avid bass anglers, pro bass and FLW Tournament Angler Mike Iaconneli will make a one-day appearance at Cabela’s Hamburg June 28.
Iaconnelli, a New Jersey native, will share his soft plastic lure tricks and techniques during a comprehensive bass fishing seminar at 1 p.m. that day.
Iaconnelli will be at the store from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to greet fans and sign autographs before and after the seminar.
So if you want to increase your bass angling success, Iaconnelli’s seminar will certainly add to your bass fishing knowledge.
For a bio on Iaconnelli visit www.mikeiaconnelli.com/.
In addition, Cabela’s will have the famed Berkley Bass Tank on premises from June 27 to June 29. According to Harold Luther, Cabela’s Retail Manager, the 4,000-gallon tractor trailered tank holds an assortment of bass. In conjunction with that, Berkley reps will be on hand to offer tips and tricks to help catch the big one.