Hunting and fishing clinic offered to women in Basalt |

Hunting and fishing clinic offered to women in Basalt

Staff report

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is teaming with the National Rifle Association to offer a free, women-only “Cast and Blast” clinic on Sunday in Basalt.

The class is designed to assist and encourage women to pursue hunting and fishing on their own time. It is an entry-level clinic that teaches basic techniques.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to take the first step toward getting involved with hunting and fishing in Colorado,” said Basalt District Wildlife Manager and instructor Matt Yamashita.

The Basalt Cast and Blast is offered through Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Hunter Outreach Program. Agency staff and volunteers teach it.

The day-long event covers the basics of fly-fishing, including knot tying and casting, followed by an opportunity to try those techniques on the water.

The shooting portion of the clinic introduces participants to basic shotgun safety and shooting techniques. Participants will practice with clay targets on a trap range.

The clinic is not considered a hunter-education course, which is required prior to purchasing a hunting license.

To participate in Cast and Blast, a valid fishing license is required. One-day licenses are available. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch, snacks, water, sunscreen, insect repellent, rain gear and any other personal supplies.

A $20 refundable registration is required for Cast and Blast. Space is limited and past clinics have filled.

Contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife office in Glenwood Springs for details, directions and registration at 970-945-2920.