"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 weekend workshops once a year offering more than 20 specialty courses, ranging from markswomanship to turkey hunting. 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 canoeing are offered. The woman who loves nature but not hunting and fishing can learn about outdoor photography, ecology, backpacking 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 10a.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 the possibility of mini sessions, style shows, bon fires, and music. If a band is scheduled to play on Saturday night their session will last up to 11pm.
You must be 18 years of age or older to attend.
We have scholarships available.
Make for sure that you read the Course Descriptions before registering.
Forms can either be downloaded from this site, faxed to you, or requested by phone. These forms will not be available until the date below.
Next Workshop: April 4-6, 2014
Registration Begins: February (specific date will be announced later)
Number of Participants: 125
Registration forms will be accepted by mail ONLY (overnight will be accepted) and must be accompanied by a check or money order.
Attention: HAND DELIVERED FORMS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED .
For more information about Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshops in other states, visit www.uwsp.edu/cnr/bow