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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. Courses offered in 2019 include:

Hunter Education Course • Sept. 9, 10, 11, 14 • Schramm Education Center

This class has been created for females 11 years & older, taught by certified women hunter education instructors. Students will receive both their firearm and bowhunter education certification.The Hunter Education curriculum will be presented in way that will engage an adult audience with an emphasis on hands on experiences that will include safe firearm handling, game trailing, tree stand safety, first aid, planning and preparation for a hunt. Participants must attend all four classes. Tuesday’s class will be held at Platte River State Park for Rifle, Shotgun and Archery Shooting.

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Hunter Education Course • Sept. 20-21 • Bassett

This class is for females 11 years & older, taught by certified hunter education instructors. Students will receive their firearm education certification.The Hunter Education curriculum will be presented in way that will engage an adult audience with an emphasis on hands on experiences that will include safe firearm handling, game trailing, first aid, planning and preparation for a hunt.

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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.

Upcoming events & workshops

Cast & Blast • September 27-29

Kick off the 2019 upland hunting season chasing grouse & camping in the picturesque sandhills of
Nebraska. Participants will have the opportunity to learn wild game cleaning and cooking, the art
of fly tying with harvested feathers, then use those flies as we practice fly fishing.

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Registration is full.
Please email julia.plugge@nebraska.gov to be added to the waitlist.

For more information, contact Julia Plugge.