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!

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:

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 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

Vineyards and Venison • March 3

Learn how to make charcuterie boards while sampling cheese, wine and venison.
Sunday, March 3, 2019 from 2-4 p.m. cost is $25.

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Overnight Backpacking • April 13-14 • Indian Cave State Park

This annual trip is perfect for women who want to learn how to plan and pack for an overnight backpacking trip, understand the basics of “leave no trace,” practice backcountry cooking and get to know the basics of navigating with a map and compass.

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Online payment is not available for this event. Please print online registration form and send with payment to Julia Plugge.

Spring Turkey Hunt Camp • April 26-28

Want to learn how to turkey hunt, but not ready to go on your own? Experienced female mentors are waiting to meet you in the field. Designed for novice turkey hunters, participants will learn about blinds, how to use decoys, calls, rules and regulations.

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Experience Platte River State Park • April 27

Experience Platte River State Parks’ beauty and treasures, while enjoying the park’s shooting and archery range, hiking trails, and a campfire lunch.

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Archery Series • May 1, 8 & 15

Whether for target, hunting or recreation, these archery classes will take your skills to the next level. Handle different archery equipment, learn how to hit the target and enjoy the evening in a small group of like-minded ladies.

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Archery Topic/week

Lunch and Archery Lessons • May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Perfect for beginners, the Lunch and Lessons archery series provides a thorough introduction to archery and at a convenient time. Lunch is included.

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Experience Fort Robinson State Park • May 17-19

Enjoy Nebraska’s beautiful pine ridge by hiking, horseback riding, and kayaking. Stay at one of Nebraska’s most important historic sites–Fort Robinson State Park. We will be hiking the challenging buttes and enjoying some great views. Enjoy spending time at the pond for a fun afternoon of kayaking, and take a horseback ride through the scenic park trails. Come and enjoy a weekend of fun activities and breathtaking views!

Registration is full. Email to be placed on the wait list. 

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Introduction to Shotgun • May 22 and 29

Held the 4th and 5th Wednesdays in May, these classes are perfect for any woman who wants to learn how to shoot and increase their knowledge of shotguns and trapshooting, while meeting like-minded women and having fun.

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Weekly Topics

Beginning Kayaking • June 13

Want to explore the sport of kayaking? This fun workshop will cover basic skills, safety, how to get in your kayak, launching and docking, equipment and general kayaking knowledge.

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Ladies Handgun Series • June 5, 12, 19

Learn basic fundamentals of shooting, handgun selection and safety in a comfortable atmosphere. Participate in the full series to gain confidence, challenge yourself to more techniques and hang out with like-minded ladies.

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Weekly Topics

Ladies' Day on the Range • July 13

Ladies’ day on the range is perfect for any woman who wants to learn how to shoot and increase her knowledge of rifles, handguns, shotguns and archery equipment. This event is open to all levels of shooting experience.

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For more information, contact Julia Plugge.