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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 at Watoga State Park.

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.  These weekend workshops are designed to be at the beginner level, and provide the opportunity for ladies to experience something new.  This is a great way to try a new hobby and find out if you would truly like it, before buying all the equipment! 

Beyond BOW events are 1-3 days focused on a specific activity, which may be at an advanced level compared to BOW weekend workshops.  In the past, WVDNR has offered an antlerless deer hunt as a Beyond BOW event.  A Beyond BOW event has not been scheduled for 2016 yet.

Coming soon!
Our next BOW weekend workshop is scheduled for August 26-28, 2016, at North Bend State Park.  Registration and class offerings will be posted on this website when available.

If you would like to be added to our electronic mailing list regarding Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW), please follow this link to sign up!

WV DNR BOW Coordinator
Holly Morris, Superintendent at Moncove Lake State Park
Phone: (304) 772-3450


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