Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW)

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, or BOW, offers hands-on workshops for adult women with an interest in learning outdoor skills such as hunting, fishing, canoeing and kayaking, among other outdoor endeavors. Workshops are tailored primarily to women who are new or who are beginners eager to improve their skills.

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BOW Weekend

The cornerstone event is the BOW Weekend Workshop held the first weekend in October each year. This three-day workshop includes sessions taught by expert instructors in a supportive environment conducive to learning, making friends and having fun! Learn more

Watch the video below to get a taste of the activities, setting and camaraderie the weekend offers.

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman

Ladies, are you looking to add a little fun and adventure to your summer? Grab a friend and join us at one of our Beyond Becoming and Outdoors Women events! Events/workshops coming up include shooting, archery, kayaking and canoeing. Learn more and register:

Posted by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission on Thursday, May 25, 2017

Participants complete four sessions of their choosing; session workshop topics include hunting, shooting, fishing, canoeing, kayaking and more. For more information, contact Tiffani Gerber.

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Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman

Beyond BOW workshops provide the next step on the path in becoming a confident, independent outdoors person Beyond BOW offers single-topic programs teaching advanced skills outdoors. Workshops may take place in half day, occur over a weekend, or take place over several evenings. For more information, contact Julia Plugge.

Upcoming events and workshops

Ice Fishing - Jan. 12-13 - Valentine

  • Description: Enjoy ice fishing at the Valentine Refuge lakes. Learn about all the equipment and how to
    use and set up for ice fishing.
  • Time and location: Arrive at location on a Friday evening/late afternoon at Valentine motel (motel to be
    determined) if lodging is needed. PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU NEED LODGING. We will leave from the
    motel Saturday morning and head to refuge lakes. Those not needing lodging can meet us at a
    determined location that we will decide on as time nears. We will depart for home after fishing Sat.
  • Meals: Meals are on your own. There are several locations in Valentine to eat. If we all get there late
    afternoon Friday, Jan. 12 we can eat together and go over the game-plan. If not we will meet at the
    motel Friday night. We can pick something up for breakfast in Valentine to go before we head to the
    lakes or can bring granola bars/food of your choice. A sack lunch, drinks and snacks are needed for
    Saturday on the ice.
  • Fee: $25.00/ person
  • Age Requirement: Must be 18 years or older.
  • Experience level: None
  • To Bring: Winter clothes/boots, ice cleats, NE fishing license, NE Aquatic Stamp, small cooler for a sack
    lunch, water/drinks and snack/ food items or your choice. Remember you will have to haul any items
    with you, a small sled with a rope is helpful if you have one, if not we will have some room to haul items.
  • Restaurants: Casey’s; Hot Stuff Pizza; McDonald’s; Peppermill Steakhouse; Pizza Hut; Subway
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Catching up with the Cranes | March 31 | Fort Kearny SRA

Every year the Sandhill cranes migrate through the bottleneck in central Nebraska on the way to their nesting grounds up north. Photography, local experts, waterfowl, wildlife, coffee, chili, and cranes all come together for an enjoyable day learning about these majestic birds. The Rainwater Basin and the North Platte River at Fort Kearny will be the viewing destinations to experience one of the largest migrations in the world.

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Outdoor Survival Skills | April 21 | Fort Kearny SRA

Ever wonder what you’d do if you became stranded in the wild? Learn the basics of what to do (and what not to do) should you ever find yourself in an outdoor survival situation. The morning will cover woods awareness, fire making, shelter building, safety kits and other topics to help keep you alive and safe. After a campfire lunch we will test your outdoor knowledge in hypothetical survival situations.

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Experience Fort Robinson State Park | May 18 - 20

Enjoy the beautiful pine ridge while staying at Nebraska’s most important historic site-Fort Robinson State Park. You will learn about basic archery, basic handguns and get experience shooting arrows and .22’s. You will also get the opportunity for a horseback ride through the scenic park trails. Come and enjoy a weekend of fun activities, history and breathtaking views.

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Archery Shooting Series at Platte River State Park | May 2, 9 & 6

Upcoming events and workshops

Weekly Archery Topics
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Introduction to Handgun Shooting Series | June 6, 13, 20 & 27

For any woman who wants to learn how to shoot and increase their knowledge of handguns, see a variety of handguns available, meet other women who shoot or just have fun.

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Beginning Canoeing at Wehrspann Lake | June 14

Do you want to explore the sport of canoeing? We have the boat, paddle and life jacket ready for you to learn.

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