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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What to bring

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

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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Ladies Handgun Series • August 1, 8, & 15

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!

Must 18 years or older to register.

This class will be on Thursdays from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

Aug 1: Intro to Handguns, Firearm Safety, Gun Handling, Range Rules, and .22 Handgun Shooting

Aug 8: More .22 Handgun Shooting – Getting Comfortable with the Gun and the Range

Aug 15: Introduction to Centerfire Handguns

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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 to be added to the waitlist.

For more information, contact Julia Plugge.