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Becoming An Outdoors-Woman

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Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) is a program designed to offer hands-on, outdoor activities for women 18 years of age or older and of all fitness levels.  BOW is a nationally recognized program and it originally began in 1991, offered through the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The WV Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) held the first BOW workshop in West Virginia in the autumn of 1997.

BOW weekend workshops are designed to introduce women to a variety of hunting, fishing, and other outdoor related activities.  All workshops are held in a non-competitive atmosphere with patience, encouragement and support from instructors, staff, and participants.  Classes may include fly fishing, fly tying, canning, wild game cooking, archery, shotgun and rifle shooting, wildlife habitat, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, camping, nature photography, basic fishing, boat and trailer and more. Classes vary from year to year and setting to setting.  These weekend workshops are designed to be at the beginner level, and provide the opportunity for ladies to experience something new or to renew interests in outdoor pursuits.  BOW (Becoming an Outdoors Woman) is a great way to try a new hobby or activity and discover if you would truly like it, before buying all the equipment!  Regardless, the activities and classes are great. 

Beyond BOW events are 1-3 days focused on a specific activity, which may be at an advanced level compared to BOW weekend workshops.  WVDNR has offered an antlerless deer hunt as a Beyond BOW event.  A Beyond BOW event has not been scheduled.

BOW-Quest was August 26-28, 2016, at North Bend State Park. and geared toward outdoor activities to get women into the outdoors or encourage returning to outdoor activities.  It was a quest for adventure.

  • To be added to the electronic mailing list to receive Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) events and activities, please follow this link to sign up! After entering your email address, click the list 'Becoming an Outdoors-Woman' to receive program information.

BOW-Spring 2017
Becoming an Outdoors-Women weekend is scheduled for April 7-9, 2017 at Blackwater Falls State Park.  Details, pricing and information is not complete. Visit Blackwater Falls event page for information currently available.

WV DNR BOW Coordinator 

Click email with activity or BOW questions. 

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