Becoming an Outdoors Woman - BOW

The "Becoming an Outdoors-Woman" program was started in 1991 by Doctor Christine L. Thomas, Professor of Resource Management, University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point. The program focuses on providing opportunities for women to learn skills that enhance and encourage participation in hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities. BOW is an introductory-level workshop that teaches basic courses only. Advanced courses are taught in Beyond BOW.

In September 1994 the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Information and Education Section offered its first "Becoming and Outdoors-Woman" program. It was a sellout. Today, LDWF conducts weekend workshops once a year offering more than 30 specialty courses, ranging from markswomanship to turkey hunting. The National Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Rules state that each workshop must consist of 1/3 hunting-shooting, 1/3 fishing, and 1/3 non-harvest activities to complete a balanced program. For those not interested in hunting, courses like basic fishing, beginning fly fishing and archery are offered. The woman who loves nature but not hunting and fishing can learn about outdoor photography, outdoor cooking, kayaking, backpacking and more.  Women 18 or older can sign up and take 4 hands-on educational sessions that are 3.5 hours each and are taught by LDWF personnel and qualified volunteer instructors.

The program does not stop with educational courses. Unity and fellowship flourish at a "Becoming an Outdoors-Woman" weekend. LDWF staff and volunteers make sure participants are well fed, entertained and housed at one of the finest educational camps in the state. The BOW workshops are held in Pollock, LA (just North of Alexandria, LA) at the Camp Grant Walker 4-H Center.

For more information contact Dana Norsworthy at 318-345-3912 dnorsworthy@wlf.la.gov or Chad Moore cmoore@wlf.la.gov. You may also visit our website for workshop dates, costs and other data or join our Facebook page at BOW Louisiana Style.

For more information about Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshops in other states, visit www.uwsp.edu/cnr/bow