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    EP. 61 Women Making History at the Governor's Fishing Opener

    EP. 61 Women Making History at the Governor's Fishing Opener
    In Wisconsin, the official start of the fishing season is the first weekend in May. Every year for the last 54 years, the fishing opener was celebrated with the “Governor's Open” which is a weekend media event to showcase Wisconsin’s valuable fishing industry.  Fishing is big business for WI and the economic impact of this industry is huge.  

    The Governors Open event is by invitation only and is primarily a media event with a variety of outdoor communicators in attendance.  The event is produced by the Indianhead Country tourism and is always held in the NW part of the state.  I decided that this would be a great event to attend and bring The Woman Angler and Adventurer podcast to cover the festivities.  After several phone calls, emails, and general inquiries, I managed to get an invitation to this years event, which was held in Rusk County, WI on the Dairyland Flowage. 

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    EP. 58 Becoming an Outdoors Woman

    EP. 58 Becoming an Outdoors Woman
    Peggy Ferrell is the director of the Becoming an Outdoor Woman program. BOW started in 1990 after a conference at UWSP to explore how they could get more women involved in hunting and fishing. Founded by Christine Thomas, the conference led to the first BOW workshop and now the program is in 38 states and 6 Canadian provinces.

    The program has expanded worldwide, and some options include a photo safari in Africa or trip to Iceland or Costa Rica.  BOW currently offers two three day workshops every year. The format is  1/3 shooting and hunting, 1/3 fishing, and 1/3 other classes such as dog sledding, sewing with fur, kayaking, etc. 

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    EP. 55 Steelhead Fishing on the River of Presidents

    EP. 55 Steelhead Fishing on the River of Presidents
    There is no better way to shake off the winter doldrums than to be standing streamside chasing steelhead. You can witness spring come alive as the ice and snow melt away and flow into the river, while birds and other wildlife wake up to the warmth of a spring sunrise. Steelhead are a massive trout (rainbow) that migrate into the streams from the Great Lakes. Steelhead and salmon are native to the Pacific Northwest but in the 1960s, a very successful stocking program developed into a multi-billion dollar fishing and boating tourism industry in the Great Lakes Region. 

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    EP. 53 Pat Green on Fishing with Parkinson's Disease

    EP. 53 Pat Green on Fishing with Parkinson's Disease
    Pat Green grew up fishing in Northern MN with her Grandparents. She developed her passion at a young age, and it followed her into adulthood even though she moved to the Chicago area, Pat would even fish on her lunch hour while working, taking full advantage of the pond that was near where she worked, Lunch hour bluegills were her stress release.  

    In her early 50's Pat, was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson's disease. Parkinson's is a long-term degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that mainly affects the motor system. The news was devastating, but after her Dr told her to use it or lose it, she hasn't looked back. Listen is as Pat shares some insights into her life, and how fishing has helped her along the way. It may do us all a bit of good, to check in to see if our glass is half empty or half full.

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