WFN's Mariko Izumi to join panel of inspiring outdoor women

WFN's Mariko Izumi to join panel of inspiring outdoor women
WFN's Mariko Izumi to join panel of inspiring outdoor women

Oneof the many issues of concern for the fishing and hunting community isrecruitment, or, more specifically, the greying of our ranks. In short, we arecontinually striving to bring new anglers and hunters, particularly youth, intothe fold. And more and more, the outdoors community has also been targetingwoman as potential new outdoorsfolk of tomorrow. And that?s a good thing. Infact, it seems like a no-brainer to me, and something we should have been doinglong ago. 

Notthat fishing and hunting is new to women, but I know for a fact it hasn?talways been easy for my female counterparts to gain acceptance into the largelyboy?s club that is the outdoors. But things are changing. And to help highlightthose changes, and to encourage more women to head afield or hit the water,Outdoor Canada will be hosting a special Women of the Outdoors panel onNovember 27 at the upcoming Outdoor Canada Show, with yours truly as the emcee (it?s all part of the November25 to 27 Great Outdoor & DIY Weekend). 

Notonly will this be an entertaining and informative event, it will also offer agreat chance for you guys out there to inspire your special ladies to join youon your next fishing or hunting trip. After all, we?ve assembled a crackerjackpanel of well-known Canadian outdoorswomen, including WFN?s own Mariko Izumi,to share their insights on what it?s like for women in the world of hooks andbullets. 

Mariko Izumi
Asthe niece of TV fishing icon Bob Izumi, it?s not entirely surprising thatMariko has made a career out of fishing?and on TV no less. As the enthusiastichost of WFN?s Hookin? Up,Mariko travels the continent on the prowl for fish, fun and interestingback-stories from the various destinations she visits. While she makes noattempt to hide her feminine charms, Mariko is all business when it comes tocatching fish. 

Amanda Lynn Mayhew-Hare
She?sfitter than hell and she packs heat. This is one tough outdoorswomen, and withan entrepreneurial streak to boot. A product of northern Ontario, Amanda is thefounder of the health and wellness magazine Fytness Fanatik and, together with husband Craig Hare, she?s the co-founder of thehunting website

Vanessa Harrop
So,how?d your hunting season go? Ask Vanessa and she?ll tell you all about theseven-foot grizzly she took down as just nine yards. Yikes. Now that takes,well, ovaries. Together with partner T.J. Schwanky (an Outdoor Canada fieldeditor) and Richard and Sandi Mellon, Vanessa is co-host of Alberta-based Outdoor Quest TV. Impressive,considering she?s been hunting for just seven years. 

Kathyrn Maroun
Asa chronically fumbling fly fisherman, I can?t help but be humbled watchingKathryn throw tight loops on TV as she targets exotic fish the world over. Oneof a mere exalted few women to hold FFF certification, Kathryn is host,producer and director of the award-winning fishing TV program Whata Catch. And get this: Vermont?s American Museum of Fly Fishing has anexhibit dedicated to her.

 To get all the deets on when and where to join ourpanel discussion, please click here.

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