Becoming an Outdoors Woman

Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW)
Becoming an Outdoors Woman

"You are part of a pioneering effort to break down barriers to participation of women in outdoor activities"

Christine L. Thomas, Ph.D., Founder of "Becoming an Outdoors-Woman"

The "Becoming an Outdoors-Woman" program was started in 1991 by Doctor Christine L. Thomas, Professor of Resource Management, University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point. The program focuses on providing opportunities for women to learn skills that enhance and encourage participation in hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities. BOW is an introductory-level workshop that teaches basic courses only. Advanced courses are taught in Beyond BOW.

In September 1994 the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Information and Education Section offered its first "Becoming and Outdoors-Woman" program. It was a sellout. Today, LDWF conducts this weekend workshop once a year offering 30 specialty courses, ranging from live fire shotgun, rifle and handgun classes to turkey and deer management. The National Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Rules state that each workshop must consist of 1/3 hunting-shooting, 1/3 fishing, and 1/3 non-harvest activities to complete a balanced program. For those not interested in hunting, courses like beginning fly fishing and basic freshwater fishing are offered. The woman who love nature but not hunting and fishing can learn about outdoor photography, ecology, backpacking, outdoor cooking, kayaking and more.

The program does not stop with educational courses. Unity and fellowship flourish at a "Becoming an Outdoors-Woman" weekend. LDWF staff makes sure participants are well fed, entertained and housed at one of the finest educational camps in the state. The BOW workshops are held in Pollock, LA (just North of Alexandria, LA) at the Camp Grant Walker 4-H Center.

Regular check-in at the workshop is from 9a.m.-11a.m. Friday. Meals will be provided from Friday Lunch to Sunday Lunch. You will sign up for 4 hands-on educational sessions that are 3.5 hours each and are taught by LDWF personnel and qualified volunteer instructors. Accommodations are dormitory style (bunk beds) with one centrally located bathhouse. You must bring bedding, towels, and toiletry items. At night, enjoy other activities as in outdoor educational programs, bingo, bon fires, and music. If a band is scheduled to play on Friday night their session will last up to 11pm.

Next Workshop:   March 22-24, 2019

Cost:  $200

BOW Registration Begins:   Friday, January 11, 2019 – the registration form will be placed on this site and will not be available prior to this date.

REGISTRATION PROCESS:

Everyone may begin to mail their registration form on Jan. 11, and registrations will be processed as they are received until all slots are filled.  However, if you have attended more than 3 workshops (this workshop makes your 4th), you will be registered in order of arrival beginning on Wednesday, January 16 (provided space is available) UNLESS you are bringing a first time participant, then you and that person will be registered together when the registration form arrives.  Please mail both forms together.  All registration forms must be mailed.  Walk-ins will not be accepted.