The Department of Natural Resources, Becoming and Outdoors Women (DNR BOW) Winter event was held at
The dogs were picketed out on a small lake where dog handlers Hailey and Melanie also set up camp. They slept out both nights with the dogs to make sure everyone was safe and sound and took exceptional care of them while assistant Marilyn and I taught the classroom portion of the class.
Two classes of twelve women each learned how to harness the dogs, how to handle a small toboggan sled and then how to hook up and run a team of two freight style traditional sled dogs around a small lake as the others stood by for support and assistance. Since this is a three hour course, it is set up to provide only a small glimpse into dog mushing. Those interested in gaining more dog mushing skills and digging deeper into dog mushing are then invited to attend a Beyond BOW event, one of which is the Points Unknown Women’s Winter Adventure (PUWWA) where four days are spent learning the finer points of this sport and then applying them.