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Beyond Becoming an Outdoors Woman

Recognizing that becoming a confident, independent outdoors person is a process that is developed over time, LDWF offers advanced hands-on outdoor educational workshops through Beyond Becoming an Outdoors Woman. These workshops provide participants an opportunity to practice and hone basic skills learned at a Becoming an Outdoors Woman weekend workshop in the real world, while still having supportive instructors on hand to coach and encourage them.

Beyond Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshops build on beginner skills, teach more advanced skills, and may be conducted almost entirely in an outdoors setting. These workshops may also focus on teaching a skill that takes more time than is available in a traditional Becoming an Outdoors Woman weekend workshop.

Beyond Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshops are for you if you are:

  • Interested in becoming more active in the outdoors
  • Looking for new outdoor experiences
  • A graduate from Becoming an Outdoors Woman looking for the next step in learning
  • An intermediate or advanced outdoors woman who enjoys the camaraderie of like-minded individuals.

Beyond Becoming an Outdoors Woman is designed for small groups. Smaller groups enable us to give greater one-on-one attention and instruction that fulfills the needs of safety, education, and personal assurance in a non-threatening environment.

You must apply to participate in a Beyond Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshop. Participants are randomly chosen from the applications received. Fees are not collected until the participant is notified of acceptance.

Past Beyond Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshops have included: Deer Hunt, Rabbit Hunt, Squirrel Hunt, Woodcock Hunt, 3-D Archery, Advanced Shotgun and Rifle, Saltwater Fishing, and Crappie Fishing.

 Upcoming Workshop December 1-3



  • DATE: December 1-3, 2023
  • What: Deer Hunt
  • Where: Floy McElroy WMA
  • Sponsors:The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
    And the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation

To Qualify for the Beyond Becoming an Outdoors Woman Workshop

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. All applicants must certify that they are a novice deer hunter or a novice deer hunter that meets the criteria stated while attending a BBOW by signing the statement on the application.

  • You must be a Novice Deer Hunter and meet the novice requirements to apply for this hunt.
  • 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.
Interested in a basic outdoor educational workshop? Check out Becoming an Outdoors Woman.


For more information, contact Karen Crabtree at or 318.719.4571.