Young woman with riffle holding a dead willow ptarmigan (Lagopus lagopus) in her hand in the forest, Lapland, Finland

Young woman with riffle holding a dead willow ptarmigan in her hand in the forest in Lapland, Finland

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Traditionally, it's been thought that men lik­e to participate in outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, hiking and camping, but women don't, right? Not so fast. While there are cases where this may hold true, many women are just as excited about these activities as their male counterparts. And with the help of Women in the Outdoors (WITO), women all across the country are getting involved.

With almost 50,000 members, WITO invites women to learn about the rewards of the great outdoors [source: Trib Total Media]. Some of the basic activities the organization includes are fishing, hunting, primitive cooking, boating, hiking and backpacking [sources: PAWITO, WANWTF].

­Long gone are the days when scruffy men would head for the woods while the women stayed behind to prepare for a meal. Daughters have proven to be great hunting, fishing and camping companions. And with the help of nationwide branches, WITO provides opportunities for women of all ages to reap the benefits of the outdoor lifestyle and build newfound self-esteem.

In this article, we'll take a look at the origins of the organization, its missions and goals, and how you can join in on the fun. Read on to learn about the history of the group.