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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.

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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. No experience is necessary. Participation is limited to women age 18 years and older. Participants complete four sessions of their choosing. Session workshop topics include hunting, shooting, fishing, canoeing, kayaking and more. To get a taste of the activities, setting and camaraderie the weekend offers, check out our video recap of the 2016 BOW Weekend Workshop. 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

Catching up with the cranes, March 11, 2017, 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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Survival Skills, April 22, 2017, Aksarben Aquarium/Schramm Park

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 Platte River State Park, April 29-30, 2017

Enjoy a ladies’ weekend at Platte River State Park. Kick of the weekend preparing a Dutch oven and campfire meal. Take an evening hike through the park’s scenic trails and stay the night in one of our cozy cabins. Go for a horseback ride, learn to shoot a bow and arrow and much more!

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Ladies' Handgun Series, May 3, 10, 17. 24, Platte River State Park

This series is for any woman who wants to learn how to shoot, improve her skills, learn about handguns and have fun.

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Beginning Archery Series, June 7, 14, 21, 28, 2017, Platte River State Park

This series of four workshops is for girls (age 12 and up) and women who want to learn how to shoot a bow, increase knowledge of archery, learn about equipment and have fun.

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Beginning canoeing, June 16, 2017, Wehrspann Lake

This fun workshop will cover basic skills, safety, how to get in your canoe, launching and docking, equipment and team paddling. Loaner canoes and life jackets will be provided. Online payment is available for this class.

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Introduction to trap, skeet, 5-stand and sporting clays, June 24, 2017, Ft Kearny Shooting Range

Spend an afternoon on the shotgun range with the ladies. Learn basic shotgunning or come touch up on your shooting skills. Workshop will include an introduction to trap, skeet, 5-stand and sporting clays – main venues to shotgun entertainment. Novice and experienced shooters are welcome to attend. Online payment is available for this class.

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Beyond BOW Summer Shooting Series, July 12, 19, 26 2017, Platte River State Park

This series is for any woman who wants to learn how to shoot and increase their knowledge of rifles and muzzleloaders. This is a great opportunity to meet other women who shoot or just hae fun.

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Ladies' Day at the Range, July 15, 2017, Weeping Water Gun Club

This event is a great opportunity to for women to learn how to shoot and increase their knowledge of rifles, handguns, shotguns and archery equipment.

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Beginning Kayaking Ladies' Workshop, July 22, 2017, Lake Wanahoo

This three-hours workshop is for anyone who wants to explore the sport of kayaking. Basic skills, safety, how to get into a kayak, launching, docking and more will all be covered. Kayaks, paddles and life jackets will be provided.

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Beyond BOW Shotgun Classes, Aug. 2, 9, 14, 23, 2017, Platte River State Park

This series of three classes is designed for women who are want to learn how to shoot a shotgun, increase their knowledge of shotguns, try trap shooting, meet other women who shoot or just have fun.

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Beyond BOW Introduction to Handgun Classes, Aug. 14, 16, 23, 2017, Platte River State Park

This series of three classes is designed for women who are brand new to handling and shooting a handgun. This is a great opportunity to learn to shoot in a safe environment from expert instructors.

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