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, target shooting 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! Participants complete four sessions of their choosing; session workshop topics include hunting, shooting, fishing, ecological education and more. Watch the video below to get a taste of the activities, setting and camaraderie the weekend offers!

Registration is now full for BOW weekend September 30 – October 2, 2022.

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For information about the 2022 BOW events, contact Tiffani Gerber at

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.

Summer Shooting Series at Platte River State Park

Archery Workshop

Where: Platte River State Park
When: May 4, 11 & 18 from 6-8 p.m. CST
Admission: $25 total
Open to ladies, ages 14 and up. Equipment is provided.

Learn basic archery skills in this three part series, including proper equipment selection, correct shooting techniques and form, nocking an arrow, targeting, and release techniques.

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.22 Handgun Workshop

Where: Platte River State Park
When: May 25, June 1 & June 8 from 6-8 p.m. CST
Admission: $40 total
This workshop is open to women ages 18 and over.

This three part series will introduce handgun parts and operation, ammunition, handgun safety, and shooting fundamentals. Participants will receive classroom training and one-on-one shooting instruction. Handguns and ammunition will be provided by BOW. Participants are welcome to bring their own unloaded, cased .22 handguns but will be required to provide their own new factory ammunition (no reloads).

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Shotgun Workshop

Where: Platte River State Park
When: June 15, 22 & 29
Admission: $40 total
Open to ladies 16 years and older.

Instructors will teach basics of shotgun safety, handling, and technique, with several hours for shooting clay targets. All equipment and supplies are provided by the BOW program.

At the conclusion of this workshop, women will be able to identify and locate the major parts of a shotgun, barrel sizes, and five different types of actions. They will understand the components of a shotgun, how a shotgun operates and the rules for safe shooting.

Women attending will learn and be able to demonstrate how to handle a shotgun in a safe manner, how to safely load, unload, and carry a shotgun.

Participants will be introduced to basic trapshooting skills. These include establishing dominant eye, proper stance, how to mount a shotgun, eye and barrel placement, and the all-important follow-through.

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For more information about Beyond BOW programs, please contact Julia Plugge.

Women’s only hunter education courses

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission offers 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.