Weekend Workshop Description:
Have you ever wondered what your significant other was really doing when gone for a week-long foray into the trees? Most of the time the claim is, “I’ve been hunting,” but with 24-hours in a day, how much time was really devoted to stalking game?
Join us for a two night, girls only, weekend workshop created to give you genuine insight into how hunting is done – with success.
Even if you have no intention of ever shooting a bow or firearm, this weekend workshop provides experience that will be invaluable to your backcountry seek and find of game to observe or photograph. Plus, it will simply be a lot of fun.
Be prepared, there is lots to learn and practice, you will need all your stamina to enjoy the weekend.
What Is Included:
* Two nights in rustic outdoor lodging (i.e. tent or bunkhouse) – advise if you need gear/equipment for the weekend
* All workshop meals beginning with a lunch on Friday and concluding with lunch on Sunday
* Saturday night’s Wine and Wild Game catered dinner
* All needed workshop materials and equipment
* Access to instructors who are well acquainted with their craft and skill and want to share their knowledge
Workshop Weekend Details:
The itinerary for the weekend will be provided to registered clients. The weekend will have the same general set-up as prior weekends, which means it is a very full, very active schedule. We begin at 12p/noon on Friday with lunch and welcome and conclude at 2p on Sunday. Participants are invited to arrive on Thursday to basecamp to set-up their weekend hunt campsite; registered participants may also stay at basecamp on Sunday evening.
Workshops and Classes:
* Archery Class. (always a favorite with abundant individualized instruction) Learn the art and skill of shooting a bow and arrow
* Plan Ahead and Prepare. Review what you are packing and why you are packing it to be safe and able to find your way out of the backcountry
* Scouting for Big Game. Gain knowledge of habitat, movement and where you look for your big game
* Following Blood Trail. You are a good shot but you breathed at just the wrong moment and your aim was a little off; now you need to track and find your animal
* Field Dressing. Learn to field dress properly so you waste no meat – this class is contingent on finding road kill prior to the weekend that can be used for demonstration
* Sauces and Rubs. Prepare a sauce and rub that would be an appropriate compliment to our big game
* Big Game Morning Shoot. Go to a location of your choice and capture the best shot of your big game hunt (on camera); prizes awarded
* Land Navigation Quickie. Practice the in’s and outs of why knowing what those squiggly lines mean on the map and why knowing that will make your hunt more enjoyable – this is a condensed offering, you are encouraged to participate in a full land navigation workshop prior to the workshop weekend – special class reserved on Thursday, August 10th
* Building Fire. What if you only had one match, could you get your fire started?
* Wearing It Best Camouflage Fashion Show. Held on Friday night everyone is entered; come strut your stuff; prizes awarded
Wild Game Dinner:
This is an opportunity to taste wild game that you would not get to try on a day-to-day basis. Each course is paired with a white or red wine from Salida. Our courses might include – Asian Bison Dumplings, Bear Stew, White Tail Tenderloins or Rum Runner Roast. We anticipate another tasty offering in 2018. Please be advised, there is plenty of wine offered during the dinner – you choose a sip, a glass or none at all.
About Our Instructors:
* Stacy Boone is the owner and lead guide of Step Outdoors, LLC. With over 20,000-miles on her hiking boots, her passion for the benefits and rewards for spending time outside remind her of the importance in committing safe practices when recreating.
* Steve Lynch and Ron Schweickert have been instructing women in archery for 10-plus years including
the Women’s Firearm Safety course offered annually in Pagosa Springs and various kid programs. Together, they will focus on teaching safety and the skill of shooting a bow and arrow. Additionally, they will learn and practice to shoot at 3D targets which are life size animal targets. Each is confident their participants will leave with the knowledge and skill of a new sport.
* Don Volger has been happily married for thirty-four years and has four grown daughters, four granddaughters and four grandsons. He moved to Pagosa Springs in 1973 and started hunting big game with a rifle the same year. He switched to a recurve bow in 1974 and harvested his first deer in ‘75 after one of the luckiest shots in his hunting history. He has killed additional mule deer, elk, bear, coyotes and small game. Many years ago he made the decision to kill my first turkey with a traditional bow and therefore have been “turkeyless” but since he views quitting as distasteful, he has continue his quest, without the aid of a shotgun. He is still in search of a successful bow hunt to take pronghorn, caribou and moose.
Don helped teach a hunter education class in the fall of 1979, continues to teach, and has been blessed to help more than 7,000 students learn about the outdoors and the life giving thrill of the hunt. He additional participates in organizing our local annual Women’s Shooting Sports Workshop (with 15 successful workshops since 2001) whereby an average of 60 female students are introduced to wonderful world of archery equipment, rifles, handguns, muzzleloaders and shotguns.
Don has had real jobs. In 1977 he left the construction trade to work as an officer for the Pagosa Springs Police Department, accepted the position as the Chief of Police in 1984 and retired in 2008. After retirement he served as a town council member for six years and was elected at the town’s mayor in April 2014.
Registration is OPEN (minimum of 3/maximum of 8):
Reservations are a first request, first reserve. Cancellation policy applies.