Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman

Beyond BOW is sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Education Section.  This program offers single topic or “mini-BOW” adventures.

Are You …

  •  Interested in becoming more active in the outdoors?
  •  Looking for new outdoor experiences?
  • A graduate from the ranks of BOW looking for the next step in learning?
  • And intermediate or advanced outdoors-woman who enjoys the camaraderie with like-minded individuals?

Beyond BOW is purposely designed for small groups.  These smaller groups enable us to give greater one on one quality attention and instruction that fulfills the need of safety, education, and personal assurance in a non-threatening environment. 

Natural resources scientist and founder of Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, Christine Thomas, documented that the most obvious problem of why women where not more involved in outdoor activities is because of the lack of instruction and encouragement.  This program also focuses on the mission statement of LDWF as Beyond BOW encourages women to hunt, fish, participate, and enjoy the renewable natural resources and at the same time educate the next generation.


Beyond BOW Deer Hunt

Deer Hunt on Tensas River NWR

November 15-17, 2019



The Beyond BOW deer hunts are intended to introduce and teach novices about deer hunting.  For that reason, experienced deer hunters and participants that have attended a previous Louisiana BBOW deer hunt and while on this BBOW hunt either shot at or harvested a deer are ineligible to apply.  For purposes of eligibility for these hunts, a novice deer hunter is defined as: a person who has harvested no more than 2 deer and/or other big game animal (elk, antelope, bear, moose, etc.) in their lifetime. 



You must have taken the Firearms and Firearm Safety course at a previous BOW or taken the Hunter Certification Course offered by the state.  Additionally, you must have taken the Bucks and Does course (once called Intro To Deer Hunting) at a previous BOW or Mini BOW.



Cost:   $ 100.00 - payment due upon acceptance

Limit:  6 participants                                                                                    

Application Apply Date:  August 16, 2019

Application Deadline:     October 11, 2019                                                                      



Location of overnight facility:  Tensas River NWR Bunkhouse (Madison Parish)

Friday, Nov 15, 2019:             2pm - sighting in of rifles at the Richland Parish Detention Center     (This is MANDATORY with NO EXCEPTIONS)

                                                4:30pm – arrival at Tensas River NWR, educational safety program

                                                6pm - supper


Saturday, Nov 16, 2019:         Breakfast snack         

                                                Early departure to ground blinds

                                                Lunch at Tensas River NWR bunkhouse

                                                Depart for evening hunt

                                                Return to Tensas River NWR bunkhouse for supper


Sunday, Nov 17, 2019:          Breakfast snack

   Early departure to ground blinds-morning hunt only

                                              Depart from Tensas River NWR prior to lunch


(Basic and Big Game License with tags are required. One antlered or one antlerless deer may be harvested per day and All hogs may be harvested)




For more information contact:

Dana Norsworthy at

Karen Crabtree at