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Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine

Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine

August 1996

Wisconsin Traveler
Cheap skills!

Learn how to enjoy the outdoors.

Let it not be said that in matters of recreational finance, your TRAVELER is a spendthrift. Not here will you read of those luxe five-star hunting "shacks" where white-gloved valets serve the morning flapjacks from silver salvers while a string quartet plays selections from "Il Cacciatore."

No. The hours you have to enjoy the outdoors are precious, the funds to do so limited. TRAVELER aims to notify you of events and outings offering outstanding value for your time and money. So it is with great pleasure that the T lets you in on an amazing bargain – a sweet deal during which you'll have fun and learn something at the same time. Furthermore, you'll get to keep this knowledge your whole life long! For the mere, the minuscule, the nearly evanescent cost of admission to a state park!!!

Still breathing? Good. Because you mustn't miss Outdoor Skills Day '96 – Saturday, August 24.

It's the day members of Wisconsin's conservation and outdoor recreation clubs host workshops at state parks and wildlife areas across the state.

These knowledgeable folks will gladly show you and yours the intricacies of navigating through the woods with a map and compass. Perhaps you've always wanted to tie a dry fly; let an experienced fly-fisher teach you the technique. If you're uncertain about how to dress a deer carcass or set up a turkey blind, you can find out on Outdoor Skills Day.

"Hands-on" will be the order of Outdoor Skills Day, so bring the children and let them learn by doing. Together you can practice packing for a wilderness hike, getting up into and down from a tree stand, identifying animal tracks and bird calls, setting tackle for panfish. These are the skills that lead to a lifetime of outdoor enjoyment.

Has your husband never learned how to back up a boat trailer? Does your wife consistently incinerate the perch fillets over the campfire? Attend Outdoor Skills Day and save your marriage! Let someone else – someone with experience – handle the delicate matter of showing your spouse how to paddle a canoe or pitch a tent the right way.

Here are just a few of the workshops and sessions slated for Outdoor Skills Day '96:

  • Hoffman Hills Recreation Area just 10 miles northeast of Menomonie will host rock climbing demonstrations, canoeing instruction, birding advice, fly-fishing, fly-tying and orienteering workshops. (715) 232-1242.
  • Bong Recreation Area in western Kenosha County. Sessions run 8-11 a.m. or 12:30-3:30 p.m. Attendees will visit six stations – hunting equipment and tips, waterfowl identification and hunting, deer hunting (including bow hunting and tree stand safety), turkey hunting, fishing, trapping (scents, sets and skins), and backpack camping and cooking. (414) 878-5600.
  • Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Refuge in Dodge County will host duck hunting, angler education, birding and trapper education programs. (414) 387-7877.

Outdoor Skills Day workshops have also been scheduled at Blue Mound, Buckhorn, Council Grounds, Copper Falls, Devil's Lake, Governor Dodge, Governor Nelson, Hartman Creek, High Cliff, Interstate, Lake Kegonsa, Lake Wissota, Merrick, Mirror Lake, Nelson Dewey, Perrot, Potawatomi, Rib Mountain, Tower Hill, Wyalusing and Yellowstone Lake state parks as well as the Brule River and Kettle Moraine state forests. Call the properties or your regional DNR office for further details.

The workshops may be inexpensive, but there's nothing cheap about the skills you'll take home from Outdoor Skills Day '96. It's the kind of knowledge you can bank on – and build on.

Quote of the day: "Feed a man a fish, and he'll be hungry tomorrow; teach a man to fish, and he'll be crazy for the rest of his life."