|Location: The Washtenaw Sportsman’s Club Ypsilanti, Michigan (near Ann Arbor)|
Purpose: To provide an opportunity for women to learn and experience a variety of outdoor skills. To meet other women who want to participate in outdoor activities.
All weekend will be "hands on" learning. Come to participate, don't expect to prop your feet up and be waited on, but expect a GREAT time. All equipment & ammo will be furnished (except for Intermediate Archery)
HUNTRESS SAFETY CLASS - Limited to the first 12 participants that pre-register for this class. With successful completion of this class you will earn your MDNR Safety Certificate. There will be a pre-class assignment, pre-testing, class room instruction, hands on shooting instruction, final test and MUST ATTEND Friday 4-9 and Saturday 9:45-Noon. See description below for more info. (Class held in large classroom in Clubhouse)
For those not in the hunter safety class:
- Registration and Set Up Camp:
- Tomahawk and Knife throwing (near Muzzleloading range)
- Air Rifle & Pistols: Shooting - Clubhouse, behind registration
- Pot Luck for Dinner: We will provide the beef, you bring a dish to share 7:00 pm Clubhouse
- Campfire & Camaraderie: Enjoy a nice fire under the stars, good company, women with outdoor enthusiasm, sharing stories, concerns, ideas, creating friendships, maybe even a song or two. (Between Clubhouse and shotgun range)
Class Topics (Choose Three) (sometime the hardest part, but you can always come back next year also)
- Hunter Safety Course: Opportunity to EARN your MDNR Safety Certificate - for the first 12 participants that sign up for it. Mandatory attendance at class times and pre-course assignment. You may want to go hunting for the first time or maybe out-of-state hunting. You will need a Hunter Safety Certificate, if you were born after January 1, 1960, to purchase a Michigan Hunting License. This is sure to be an enjoyable class to earn your hunter safety certificate and enjoy WWOW. This Hunter Safety Class will be one of your WWOW sessions. There will be a pre-course assignment mailed to your home before the WWOW weekend. This assignment must be completed before the start of class, 4pm on Friday. Attendance to all class sessions is required, Friday 4pm-9pm, with a break for dinner, and Saturday 8:30am-Noon. You must attend all sessions & pass a written evaluation & safe firearms handling exercise, to successfully complete this course.
- FULL - Basic Archery: Learn about equipment (Recurve, Long Bow, Compound) and stance; learn and practice shooting fundamentals. Try shooting form ground, tents and tree stands. - FULL
- Intermediate Archery: MUST PROVIDE OWN EQUIPMENT. (If you borrow a bow make sure it "fits" YOU, don't bring a 60 lb bow that you can't pull back with ease) Some experience required. Tips and practicing techniques to improve your skills. Take a nice walk around our wooded grounds and practice shooting at 3-D targets along the way.
- Instinctive Archery: Experienced with conventional compound bows? Interested in challenging yourself to shoot instinctively without sights, with a stick string and bow.? Experienced traditional archers will help you learn to shoot instinctively with our bows or yours. Practice, practice, practice.
- What it takes to be a hobby Beekeeper: [3rd session only] We will be viewing an observation hive and bee keeping equipment. We will cover the aspects of the different products of the hive. Please visit the fascinating world of beekeeping and plan to enjoy yourself.
- FULL - Disc Golf: is played much like regular golf, but instead of using balls and clubs, players throw Frisbee-like discs at waist-high baskets. Learn the rules of the game, different types of throws and the 3-step “approach”. Learn about the different types of equipment available and the different disc golf resources available. Due to the low cost and accessibility of the game, many people have adopted disc golf as their family activity. Disc golf is also a great way to get out and enjoy nature while reaping the health benefits of moderate cardiovascular exercise.- FULL
- FULL - Dutch oven Cooking Outdoors: See, Participate and Enjoy !- FULL
- Falconry: [1st session only] The Sport of Kings (and Queens) Falconry the art of hunting wild game with a trained raptor, is thousands of years old and still practiced today. Master Falconer, Cynthia Avery will introduce you to this art, her hunting birds, falconry equipment, and guide you thourgh the process of becoming a falconer in the state of Michigan. We will also show a video of falconry in action.
- Fly Tying: Learn the art of Fly Tying for fly fishing or maybe a nice pendent. You get to take home your masterpieces! .
Kinect Karate:[2nd session only] Learn the techniques of simple Karate. You never know when it might come in handy Hiking in the woods, hunting or just walking down the street.
Map and Compass: "Afraid of getting lost? Not knowing where you are or how to find your way? Have fun learning to use a map and compass to find your way into the woods and back out again.
Photography Beginners Class [1st session only]: Covers getting to know your camera and basic settings for the outdoor situation. Please bring your own camera [any kind will do]
Photography Basic Shooting Techniques [2nd Session only]: covers outdoor gear suggestions, shooting and camera techniques stabling techniques while "in the wild" Please bring your camera [any kind will do]
FULL - Photography Advance Class [3rd session only]: Covers more in-depth framing and shooting techniques for those who have taken and are comfortable with basic shooting techniques. Please bring your own camera [any kind will do, however a DSLR or SLR fitted with a zoom lens is recommended for the advance class] - FULL
Hunting the Wild Turkey: [3rd session only] Whether hunting with a camera, shotgun or bow, this class will teach you all you need to start hunting the magnificent wild turkey! Class will include discussion of both spring and fall seasons, rules and regulations, bird identification, scouting, reading signs and equipment needed. Learn the language of the wild turkey and how they communicate with each other. You will have an opportunity during the class to try different turkey calls and visualize shot placement a turkey. We will take a short walk at the end of the class and practice our calling and sign reading. Since spring is the wild turkey's mating time, we may even be lucky enough to hear real birds gobble, yelp, cut or purr!
Muzzle loading: Learn to load and shoot historic firearms from the revolutionary through the civil war periods from instructors in period dress. Also shoot modern-day muzzleloaders with instructors in jeans... This is truly a social sport.
FULL - Rifle: 200-yard Balloon Shoot. Learn to shoot long distance using small-caliber rifles with very little recoil. The instructor will have you popping balloons like they were 20 feet away. FULL
FULL - Shotgun Trap Shooting : Learn the basics of shooting flying clay "bird" targets mostly away shots. We'll just have to think of a way to cook them. Very little recoil. Shotguns are Fun.!!!!!! - FULL
FULL - Shotgun Skeet Shooting: Learn the basics of shooting flying clay "birds" Most of the targets are crossing shots: "Clay-birds" coming out of High and Low houses. Very little recoil.-FULL
FULL - Small Bore Pistols & Rifles: Learn basics of safe and responsible handgun handling and shooting. Learn to shoot .22 caliber rifles and pistols. Instructors will have a variety of handguns, caliber's and ammo for you to practice with, 22, 357, 44, 45. FULL
All session's feature hands-on learning
Experienced volunteer instructors, shooters, and outdoors persons who love their sport and want to share it with others will conduct each session.
Club opens at 8:00 a.m.
- 4:00p - 9:00p Register, Set up Tents as arrive and camaraderie
- 4:00p - 9:00p Hunter Safety Class w/break for dinner (MUST ATTEND if signed up for this class)
- 4:00p - 9:00p Tomahawk and Knife throwing (near Muzzle Loading Range)
- 5:00p - 7:00p Air Rifles and Pistol Shooting (behind Registration)
- 7:00p - 8:00p Dinner we provided the beef (Cooked outside on an open fire) & Potluck (Bring your favorite dish to share)
- 8:30p - ?? Campfire & Camaraderie
Sorry, No camping Saturday night.
- 8:15a - 9:00a Register and camaraderie
- 9:00a - 9:30a Introduction and Safety Orientation
- 9:45a - 11:45a Session 1
- 11:50 - 12:30 Lunch provided
- 12:30 - 2:30p Session 2
- 2:45p - 4:45p Session 3
- 5:00p - 5:15p Wrap-up, camaraderie & Appetizers
$50 for Friday & Saturday. Includes Special Event Tee Shirts, Friday Night Dinner, Saturday Lunch & snacks, ammo and equipment, knowledge and information, enthusiasm and encouragement, sharing and bonding, tent and/or tent space.
Click the link below to open a registration form you can fill out (click the Text button to allow typing) and print from your computer and send in via U.S. Postal Mail. If you like, you may download the form by clicking on the small disk icon in the upper left and save it to your computer. (Requires Adobe Acrobat, download for free by Clicking Here.)
Registration Form for use with U.S.Postal Mail (Fill out first)
You may do a "Quick" register using our online registration form by Clicking Here. But Regular Registration Form (see above) MUST be snail mailed with fee also.
Make check or money order payable to and send in registration to:
Washtenaw Sportsman Club.
P.O. Box 260
Pinckney, MI 48169
(734) 417-5793 mobile or (734) 449-2378 home
P.O. Box 260
Pinckney, Michigan 48169
Number for day of Event: (734) 434-6177 clubhouse or (734) 417-5793 mobile
Traveling east on I-94, take Exit 181 to US 12 West (Michigan Avenue).
Traveling west on I-94, take Exit 181A to US 12 West.
Ellis Road is the first road left off Michigan Ave. It makes two sharp turns before heading directly south about a mile to the WSC. As the pavement ends, turn left to the WSC entrance, 5095 Ellis Road. Follow road 1/4 mile to main clubhouse on the left.
For your GPS: 5095 Ellis Rd, Ypsilant, MI 48197
Click here for a map to the club.
The steering committee would like to sincerely thank the Washtenaw Sportsman's Club Board of Directors for their enthusiastic support in organizing this event, MI DNR Becoming an Outdoor Women (BOW) & Michigan Outdoor Women's Club (MOWC) for their guidance. We couldn’t have done it without them. Thank you very much.