A Department of Natural Resources-sponsored program in September will offer women and others over the age of 18 a chance to learn about the outdoors during a weekend of hands-on seminars in Garrett County.
"Becoming an Outdoors Woman" packages a variety of courses into a long weekend, including backpacking and outdoors cooking, photography, basic fishing and fly fishing, mountain biking, map and compass reading, basic firearms skills, deer and turkey hunting, backyard wildlife and wildflower gardening, basic bowhunting and archery, reading the woods, canoeing and water safety.
The weekend program, which also will include evening shows on fashion and the history of women in the outdoors, will begin at 11 a.m., Sept. 22, and will end at 1 p.m. Sept. 24.
The cost for instruction in four courses, meals, entertainment and lodging in rustic cabins will be $165 per person.
For more information, write Alice Harrison, DNR Public Communications Office, Tawes State Office Building D-4, 580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis, 21401, or call (410) 974-3987.
Eastern Neck hunt
The Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge will again hold deer hunts this fall to meet management objectives on the 2,300-acre tract south of Rock Hall.
Dates for the hunts to be made available to permit holders are: bow, Sept. 18 and 22; youth hunt, Sept. 30; special non-ambulatory hunt, Oct. 2; muzzleloaders, Oct. 6, 13, 16; shotgun, Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3.
Requests for permit applications may be mailed to Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge, 1730 Eastern Neck Rd., Rock Hall, Md., 21661. A self-addressed stamped envelope should be included.
Applications must be received at the refuge by the close of business on Aug. 28. A drawing for permits will be held at 1 p.m. the next day.
All applicants will be notified, whether or not they receive permits.
The annual Governor's Cup sailing race from Annapolis to St. Mary's City will be held Aug. 4-5 this year and race organizers will accept late entries through Aug. 2.
On Saturday (Aug. 5), a schedule of social and musical activities will follow completion of the 70-mile race.
Race information and entry forms are available from St. Mary's College. Call (301) 862-0381).