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As I blogged before, I attended Becoming an Outdoors-Woman’s (BOW) ‘BOW in the SNOW’ workshop February 1-3 near Tomahawk. The weekend was filled with classes and outdoor experiences. I had too much to share for one blog so here’s Part II.

In my first scheduled workshop we carpooled to a lake for ice fishing. The high for the day was one degree above zero. The low the night before had been 15 degrees below zero. There was a wind chill.

So I was relieved to find that after we got to our fishing site on the ice, we learned the basics of ice fishing inside three cozy tents warmed by glowing heaters.

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Back at the main site, Treehaven, we had already discussed safety issues: hydration – drink water; winter wear — layers of wicking fabrics, then fleece, followed by a wind proof outer shell; ice thickness – can be thin in places due to springs, ice thickness chart depicting how many inches make ice safe for foot traffic, ATVs, cars, and trucks; and advice for warm footwear – Thinsulate.

Out on the ice we used several types of rods, sonar fish detectors, and underwater cameras. We each caught (and released) small fish. Cheers and whoops rang out across the icy lake, celebrating success.

Outside the warming shelters, we each operated a power auger to drill holes in the ice, followed by setting up tip-ups. Then we ducked into the shelters for relief from the wind chill, emerging once-in-a-while to see if the red flag was up, indicating a bite.

We carpooled back. One from our group took advantage of a new BOW option available between workshop and dinner times: a spa package! She later said it was wonderful, of course!

By the way, our fishing instructors were Barb Carey and Wendy Dallman of Wisconsin Women Fish. They fish most weekends. Wendy is a physical education instructor who coaches a competitive high school ice fishing team. This year student participation has grown to 55 out of a school of 105 high school students.

Okay, maybe I’ll share more soon about BOW in the SNOW. There’s more to tell!

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