To salute and honor the brave members of the United States Armed Forces who have answered the call to serve our nation, the National Park Service is offering free entry to all of its parks on Veterans Day Weekend (Nov. 10-12).

This weekend is a great opportunity to keep some cash in your pocket while visiting such amazing treasures as the Lassen, Yosemite or Sequoia national parks. Many state parks, such as Muir Woods in Marin County, are also participating in free admission weekend.

“National parks preserve places that commemorate our country’s collective heritage — our ideals, our majestic lands, our sacred sites, our patriotic icons — which our military has defended through the years,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “We are grateful for the service and sacrifice of military members, past and present, and honored to tell their story at many of our national parks.”

Begun in 2006 to annually recognize veterans, the tradition continues this year, and all 398 national park units across America will offer free admission on Veterans Day and the preceding weekend in appreciation of the service and sacrifice of military personnel, both active and retired.

For information on National Park Service battlefields, military parks, and historic sites that commemorate the service of American veterans — and/or have scheduled special events in recognition of Veterans Day — please visit the NPS website at www.nps.gov

The Veterans Day weekend is the last of the National Park Service free entrance opportunities for 2012.

Take some time this weekend to explore the free lands of our national parks.

When you’re there, remember the sacrifices made by our veterans to defend and preserve our country.

Women’s pheasant hunt Nov. 17

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, California is offering women a chance to learn how to hunt pheasants on Saturday, Nov. 17. The hunt is at a Wilderness Unlimited property in Williams, Colusa County.

“Whether you’re hunting with friends or with your dogs, behind a pointer or a flusher, the excitement is overwhelming,” said Susan Herrgesell, president of BOW, California. “The whole experience is fantastic; walking the fields, hearing the crackle of stubble beneath your boots, watching the dogs on the trail of a wily pheasant.”

The cost is $125, and space is limited to the first 15 registrants.

Register online at www.bowca.org or call Herrgesell at (530) 347-0227 to receive a registration form.

BOW, California is collaborating with Wilderness Unlimited for the hunt.

Excellent instructors with well-trained dogs will be the guides.

Everything necessary will be provided for this hunt: shotguns, ammunition and orange vests. Participants must have a valid California hunting license with an upland game stamp. After you register, an email will be sent with directions to the facility and a list of items to bring with you.

The Wilderness Unlimited Clubhouse is on Highway 20, just 1.5 miles east of Interstate 5 in Colusa County. Participants will meet at the clubhouse at noon for lunch just before the hunt.

BOW, California is a non-profit organization dedicated to offering opportunities to learn outdoor skills in a safe, encouraging and supportive environment.

Instruction is given in one, two or three-day workshops with valuable hands-on experiences. The workshops are designed to foster the learning process and provide the opportunity for women to enjoy the outdoors while encouraging and empowering them to build their self-confidence in the outdoors and in life’s adventures.

Guy Carl is a CPA and partner with BDCo Accountants and Advisors in St. Helena (www.bdcocpa.com) Contact Guy at GC.outdoors@sbcglobal.net

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