Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Becoming an Outdoors Woman program is sponsoring a horse packing workshop May 4 near Kalispell.
Packing into the back country by horse can be fun and rewarding. Participants will learn about the variety of packing equipment available; defensive horse handling; how to pack a decker, sawbuck and riding saddles; and leave-no-trace camping.
This class is for beginners who want to learn the basics skills needed to pack with their own stock. The workshop will be held at an indoor arena and lunch will be provided. The $35 fee includes the use of all equipment and packing stock; participants don’t need to bring their horse or mule.
The workshop is co-hosted by the Back Country Horsemen of the Flathead and Trailhead Supply. To register, or for more information, contact FWP’s BOW coordinator at: FWP-BOW, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT, 59620; call 406-444-9940; or email Liz Lodman at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or call instructor Andy Breland, 406-261-1109. Registration forms are available at the Region 1 FWP office, or on the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov ; click “Becoming and Outdoors Woman”, under the Education tab.
(Report by Tom Palmer – Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks)