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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. For more information, contact Tiffani Gerber.

2016 BOW Weekend – 25th Annual Becoming an Outdoors Woman Workshop

Nebraska’s Becoming an Outdoor’s-Woman Weekend will be held at Ponca State Park. Join us Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2016 for birding, kayaking, canoeing, archery, bowhunting, fishing, firearms, shooting sports and much more.

View the event flyer for more details. Registration can be completed using the downloadable PDF or online registration link below.

NOTE: Registration is full. You may add your name to the waiting list below.

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*An email will be sent to Tiffani Gerber, please include your name and phone number. Adding your name to the wait list does not guarantee a spot in the program.

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

Women's Summer Shooting Series, Wednesdays, May through August, Platte River State Park

Looking for an adventurous women’s night out this summer? Then mark your calendars for Wednesdays from May through August. Each month we will focus on a different shooting discipline. Geared toward the new or novice shooter (but all are welcome!) these classes will have you shooting like Katniss Everdeen or Annie Oakley before you know it. Come to one or come to all, only $5 per class. Space is limited, so sign up soon, as these classes will fill up fast. Equipment and ammunition is provided, participants may bring their own equipment.

Detailed information about each class is available below.

Beyond BOW Handgun Classes FULL
Beyond BOW Archery Classes FULL
Beyond BOW Rifle Classes
Beyond BOW Shotgun Classes FULL

Beginning Kayaking, July 23, 2016, Lake Wanahoo

Anyone wanting to explore the sport of kayaking, we have the boat, paddle and lifejacket ready for you to learn how to kayak. This fun three hour workshop will cover basic skills, safety, how to get in your kayak, launching and docking, equipment and general kayaking knowledge.

View the event registration form to learn more and register. Remember, you must pay your registration fee via PayPal.

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Pay via PayPal: Select your session and then click “add to cart” to complete your registration.
NOTE: The morning session is full. Please select the afternoon session.


Kayaking Sessions




Ladies' Day at the Range, July 30, 2016, Weeping Water Gun Club

Ladies are invited to spend a fun-filled day at the shooting range. Under the guidance from experienced instructors, women of all experience levels will have the opportunity to shoot a variety of firearms and archery equipment. Grab your friends, sisters and mothers for a great adventure.

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Introduction to Handgun Classes, Aug. 8, 10 and 17, Platte River State Park - FULL

This series of classes is designed for women who are brand new to handling and shooting a handgun. Classes take place in a fun and safe environment and instruction is provided by trained experts. All classes take place from 6-8 p.m. at the Platte River State Park Outdoor Heritage Education Complex. Topics covered include:

Aug 8: Introduction to handguns, firearm safety, gun handling and range rules
Aug. 10: .22 handgun shooting, getting comfortable with the gun and range
Aug. 17: Steel plate challenge

Sorry, this class is full.