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November 1, 2013

COLUMN: Turkey Federation event for women this weekend at Tenkiller State Park

LeAnn Bunn, you’ve come a long way.

The National Wild Turkey Federation has awarded the Cookson resident the National Annie Oakley Award for 2012. This prestigious award honors people that work hard to get the message of conservation and our hunting traditions out to women. It honors those like Leann who have gone above and beyond to get women involved.

 I have worked around Bunn for well over a decade. As the Naturalist at Tenkiller State Park, she is truly devoted her life to teaching others about the outdoors. She has such a positive impact in her career.

This weekend women ages 14 and up from all over the region have elected to spend time at the NWTF’s Women in the Outdoors classes. This event is co-sponsored by Tenkiller State Park and the Methodist Boys Ranch.

“This organization is designed to introduce women to outdoor skills and activities in a non-threatening, relaxed environment,” said Bunn. “All classes are taught with the assumption that the ladies have no experience in what they are about to take part.

“A spirit of fellowship and encouragement is always present as each lady is being introduced to a new skill.”

Some of the classes offered include skeet shooting, rappelling, Dutch Oven cooking, archery, basket-weaving, making lye soap, preserving food, beekeeping 101, making antler jewelry, and birding 101, just to name a few.

This annual event begins today and extends through Sunday at Tenkiller State Park and the Methodist Boys Ranch, a Park Partner of Tenkiller State Park. Bunn said this week that 145 ladies had signed up in 38 classes and limited availability remains. Call (918) 489-5025, ext. 5 to register.

One-day enrollment is $65 and two-day is available for $80. Registration includes breakfast, lunch, and supper on Saturday, breakfast and lunch on Sunday; use of all equipment, program materials, and instruction, one year Women in the Outdoors membership and decal and one year subscription to Turkey Country magazine.

 There’s a Facebook page called Women In the Outdoors-Tenkiller State Park where you can see the entire line-up of classes offered as well as photos from previous years.

 Kudos to Women In the Outdoors and Bunn for helping area ladies get acquainted with nature and participate in what is sometimes perceived as male-dominated endeavors.

John Kilgore’s outdoor column runs Fridays in the Phoenix. Reach him with news or comments  at (918) 348-9431 or jkilgoreoutdoors@yahoo.com.

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