Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

September 13, 2007 16:06 ET

O.F.A.H. delivers the “W.O.W. factor” in Minden this weekend

O.F.A.H. Women’s Outdoors Weekend kicks off tomorrow

Attention: City Editor, Education Editor, News Editor, Photo Editor ONTARIO: O.F.A.H. MEDIA ALERT/--(Marketwire - Sept. 13, 2007) - "WOW!" That is sure to be the reaction this weekend from about 100 women who are now packing up to attend the O.F.A.H. Women's Outdoors Weekend that starts tomorrow at the Kinark Outdoor Centre, in Minden.

"Wow is exactly what our participants say when they are provided with their first-ever opportunity to try their hand at fishing, building campfires, rock climbing, as well as riding All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV's) and firing compound bows, crossbows, shotguns and .22 caliber rifles," said Michelle Vardy, of Midland, a past W.O.W. participant and now a volunteer organizer of the annual O.F.A.H. program.

This year's W.O.W. event also features wolf howling, a pig roast, an "outdoors clothing for women" fashion show and professional, hilarious comedy by Giggles Entertainment.

Since 1996, the O.F.A.H. has hosted outdoors programs for women in response to their growing interest in fishing, hunting and shooting sports. The annual Women's Outdoors Weekend, the only provincial program of its kind, challenges the stereotypical perception that hunting and fishing are male-only activities. According to a 1996 survey from Environment Canada, women make up 25 percent of adult anglers and 15 percent of hunters.

"Every year, we hear from W.O.W. participants who have immediately enrolled in Hunter Education and Firearms Safety Courses and join family and friends in the great traditions of hunting. The Women's Outdoors Weekend program gives them the confidence to make the outdoors experience fun for the whole family," said Vardy.

This highly acclaimed O.F.A.H. event is supported by Canadian Tire, SuperFly, Stoeger, Winchester Ammunition and Yamaha ATV's (supplied by Haliburton Outdoor Equipment).

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Reporters and photographers are welcome to attend.
/For further information: Keith Beecroft
O.F.A.H. Membership Programs Representative
(705) 748-6324 ext. 255/ IN: ENVIRONMENT, SOCIAL, SPORTS

Contact Information

  • Robert J. Pye, Communications Coordinator, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
    Primary Phone: 705-313-1700 ext. 267
    E-mail: robert_pye@ofah.org