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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. Join our email list to receive updates about exciting BOW programs!
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Women’s only hunter education courses

This year, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will offer women’s only hunter education courses, designed give women the chance to learn the basics of hunter safety and gain hands-on firearm and archery experience in a fun, safe environment among like-minded women. All courses will be led by women who are experienced hunters and certified volunteer hunter education instructors. Upcoming courses include:

Hunt Safe Session • Oct. 26 • Ponca State Park

This Ladies Safe Hunt Safe course is specifically for adult women looking to gain more experience in firearm and archery equipment, and hunting practices. An all ladies team will be leading the course. After the Hunt Safe Session, an optional one-hour discussion session with your lady instructors and a 3.5 hour live fire session will be available. If you choose to participate in the entire workshop, the day will conclude at 4 pm, more details will be sent upon registration. While recommended, these additional sessions are not required to obtain your certification. In order to obtain your certification, you must bring proof of your online course completion to the class.

There is not a traditional classroom course. A Hunt Safe is a requirement for online students (ages 11-15) after they complete the online course, but can also be used as an asset for those wishing to get more experience out of the course. The course will be 2 hours for review of firearm and archery practices.

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Hunt Safe Session • Oct. 26 • Maxwell

This Ladies Safe Hunt Safe course is specifically for adult women looking to gain more experience in firearm and archery equipment, and hunting practices. An all ladies team will be leading the course. After the Hunt Safe Session, an optional one-hour discussion session with your lady instructors and a 3.5 hour live fire session will be available. If you choose to participate in the entire workshop, the day will conclude at 4 pm, more details will be sent upon registration. While recommended, these additional sessions are not required to obtain your certification. In order to obtain your certification, you must bring proof of your online course completion to the class.

There is not a traditional classroom course. A Hunt Safe is a requirement for online students (ages 11-15) after they complete the online course, but can also be used as an asset for those wishing to get more experience out of the course. The course will be 2 hours for review of firearm and archery practices.

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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! Participants complete four sessions of their choosing; session workshop topics include hunting, shooting, fishing, canoeing, kayaking and 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: NebraskaBOW.com

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

The 2019 BOW Weekend will be October 4-6, 2019 at Ponca State Park.

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Ponca BOW Weekend is full. Please email Tiffani.Gerber@nebraska.gov to be added to the waitlist.

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.