There’s a celebration of sorts brewing for the March 23-25 weekend at Camp Grant Walker in Pollock.

It’s the 30th Becoming an Outdoors Woman Workshop, and registration begins Friday.

Its presentation in this issue is noteworthy. Even though BOW is two months hence, there’s a limit on the number of 18-and-older women the camp can accommodate, and getting registered early is a must.

BOW runs $200 which covers meals, lodging, program materials, equipment use and your pick of four classes/seminars covering deer hunting and shooting sports to fishing, kayaking, boating and trailering to outdoor photography and camp cooking. There are 30 courses in all.

The registration form can be downloaded from the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries website: wlf.louisiana.gov/becoming-outdoors-woman. Completed forms with check or money order must be returned to the address on the registration.

If you need more info, call Dana Norsworthy at (318) 345-3912 or email: dnorsworthy@wlf.la.gov.

Using White Lake

Ever year the LDWF opens its White Lake Area to the public for use by groups — not for-profit or commercial operations — from Feb. 1 through May 31 with varying fees charges depending on the length and level of services required for each group.

The area, including the lodge south of Gueydan, is accessible by water and boat transportation is provided.

While educators can take advantage of the area for environmental, wildlife, fisheries and wetland ecology study, groups of birders and photographers have booked days in past years as have small business for employee “retreats.”

The LDWF can provide guided boat tours and biologists for seminars.

Here are the rules:

  • The area/lodge is available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and/or Thursdays between Feb. 1-May 31 and bookings are first-come, first-served;
  • Limited to one group per day/week;
  • Reservations must be made two weeks in advance to allow staff scheduling;
  • Day use is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Fee is $300 and includes the lodge for meetings for up to 15; Add $10 per person for coffee, cold drinks and bottled water; add $20 per person for coffee, cold drinks, bottled water and cold lunch provided.
  • Overnight use is a 2-4 p.m. arrival window with a 1 p.m. next-day departure for up to 12. Fee is $400 plus $25 per person per night and includes accommodations/linens. It’s $35 per person per night to add coffee, cold drinks and bottled water, and it’s $900 plus $35 per person per night for coffee, cold drinks, bottled water, linens and breakfast, lunch and supper.
  • Local, state and federal agencies, and universities conducting research or educational activities in cooperation with LDWF are exempt from the day-use and overnight use fees, but will have to cover beverage and food costs.

Skeet-range use and boating tours are available.

For more info, go to the LDWF website: www.wlf.louisiana.gov/other-public-uses-and-nature-trips. Call Wayne Sweeney at (337) 536-9400, Ext. 1 or email: wsweeney@wlf.la.gov.