Bird-Hunting Girls' Weekend Offered in Western Maryland

It’s not a spa day or a ladies’ lunch. Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is getting a group of women together for a different kind of gathering this fall.

DNR’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program is offering a weekend full of wing-shooting. A dozen women can take to the field September 28-30 for sporting clays, a shotgun skills clinic, and an optional upland bird hunt.

The program is run at Wild Wings Hunting Preserve in Garrett County with the help of Calibered Events. Participants can learn the basics of using shotguns on the range, as well as try out five-stand sporting clays, for the first two days of the weekend.

The final day will be an optional hunt, for an additional fee. 

“This is a great opportunity for beginners to jump in and take their shotgun skills to the next level,” Wildlife and Heritage Service Associate Director and Program Coordinator Karina Stonesifer said. “The experience of being able to try these types of activities in a friendly, no-pressure environment is what makes these workshops so special.  If you’ve never hunted with dogs, watching them work is as exciting as waiting for birds to take flight.”

Workshop participants get all meals from Saturday morning through Sunday morning, lodging, equipment, loaner shotguns, and guides with hunting dogs.

Registration is limited to 12 participants, and priority is given to new attendees. To sign up, click here.

-Meg Walburn Viviano