Women take to the outdoors at ag complex


Soap-making, shotgun-shooting, vase-decorating, and blacksmithing. It’s the ideal getaway for any country girl.

The Northeast Texas Community College ag complex recently hosted the Wild Turkey Federation’s 20th annual Women in the Outdoors event of the Northeast Texas Chapter. The event offered women the opportunity to participate in educational, yet fun outdoor activities.

“This is a gal’s day out,” Dorothy McCarver, coordinator of the event said. “Every year, we see smiling faces and lots of learning happening and sharing and friendship and fellowship as they learn about conservation and saving the habits.”

Soap-making, shotgun-sh

One of the main focuses of the event is the shooting. While archery was also included, the event held three different gun safety courses: shotgun, handgun, and rifle.

Lydia Morales, a Chapel Hill High School teacher and coach, participated in the handgun safety and shooting class, despite the fact that she’s been around guns since her childhood.

“I always feel like the more I can learn, the more off I am handling one, because it’s second nature,” Morales said. Having the knowledge and knowing how to use a weapon, the safety and stuff, it just gives you a power you need to take care of yourself.”

NTCC Agriculture Director Rene McCracken said her department always enjoys working with the Women in the Outdoors program because they share a common interest to promote conservation and encourage a love of nature.

“NTCC Agriculture was thrilled to host our sixth annual Women in the Outdoors event with the Wild Turkey Federation,” she said. “It is always a wonderful event full of informative classes, great food and even better fellowship.”