I just want to say again to the Alaska Trappers Association http://www.alaskatrappers.org/ THANK YOU for allowing me to be your scholarship recipient for this year's Becoming an Outdoors Woman at Lost Lake. http://www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/Region3/Programs/BOW/ I really appreciated the experience and I learned things that I didn't know before regarding specific interests that I had.
When I first learned that I received this scholarship, my husband and I took the opportunity to sit and discuss which classes would be pertinent to me. I really did want to do some kayaking and rappelling, but he reminded me that I already know how to do those things and encouraged me to do the things that I don't feel very strong in or that I could benefit from. We decided on the four classes, but I didn't submit my class requests in quite yet. I waited for about a week or so and determined that there were different classes that I wanted to take. I registered them before taking a moment to talk with him one more time about it. When he read the email on the classes that I requested for, he was shocked to see what I selected. He thought that we decided together, but I was happy that I changed my selections because the four classes that I chose were probably the ones that I would have learned the most from in the long run.
I'll be putting a brief (less than 3 minute) picture slideshow/presentation together for the Alaska Trappers Association Meeting in October in Fairbanks this year in addition to this thread in appreciation for their sponsorship for me.
I decided that I wasn't going to have any expections going into this event. It was probably a good thing because I learned towards the end of the conference that I was far more confident in my outdoors skills than I allow myself to have credit for.
There were around 100 women that attended the event:
My first class was Trapping.
I wasn't going to take this class at first. I thought that it would have been good to be there because of the fact that my scholarship was from the Association.
I ended up learning that I actually enjoy trapping more than some of the other outdoors activities that I participate in. Why didn't someone introduce me to trapping sooner than this?
By far, this class was the most enjoyable class throughout my weekend. It was complete hands on and we kept moving. All my questions were answered. I know when to scout a location and I know how to partner with someone to 'learn the ropes'. I know that most people take off on their snowmachines to go Trapping, but because that may not be an option for me, I learned that I could easily go out by snowshoe. This is something that I could do.
Because I promised Pete Buist that I wouldn't show my black mail pictures, I'll refrain from doing that unless a good price is offered. (smiles)
My presenter/educator was Randy Zarnke with the Alaska Trappers Association:
How to trap a mink.
One way to trap a marten.
The cubby or the 'little house'.