Fish and Game Offers Great Programs for Women

Are you a woman with a wild side? Have you ever dreamed of learning what it takes to survive in the woods? Do you want to know what it’s like to simply shoot a gun, paddle a kayak, or drive an ATV? New Hampshire has many great opportunities for you, then!

What began as a single course at the University of Wisconsin has become a full program in the state of New Hampshire, with an overwhelming amount of interest. The program, called Becoming an Outdoors Woman, began in New Hampshire in 1994 and is currently organized by the NH Fish and Game Department and the NH Wildlife Federation.

Becoming an Outdoors Woman, also known as BOW, offers a range of courses for women who want to learn more about hunting, fishing, archery, kayaking, survival and much more in a noncompetitive environment. Women can choose to participate in a full weekend of activities each fall, a full day of activities during the winter, and a program called “Beyond BOW” during spring and summer.

Beyond BOW offers women the opportunity to expand their outdoor experiences. These workshops will vary each year and will allow women to try things not offered during the normal BOW season. These classes include “Cook Like a Wild Woman”, “Overnight Backpacking”, and “Turkey Hunting Weekend”. This year’s workshops are Intermediate Fly Fishing Weekend, Introduction to Firearms and Shooting, Waterfowl Hunting Weekend, and Saltwater Deep Sea Fishing Day Trip.

For a description of each course offered this year as well as dates, prices and participant limits, click Read More. To register for a course or learn more about Becoming an Outdoors Women, visit their website.

Introduction to Firearms
Offered May 14, 2011
Cost: $55; includes lunch and equipment
Limit: 20 participants
Registration: begins April 4
This one day course, held at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness, NH, will allow participants to become familiar with all firearm action types, ammunition, maintenance, handling and storage. Participants will have the opportunity for live shooting at a range.

Deep Sea Fishing Adventure
Offered June 12, 2011
Cost: $70; bring your own lunch.
Limit: 25 participants
Registration: begins May 2
This all day trip aboard the Yellowbird will begin at the State Pier at Hampton Beach, NH and will introduce participants to the basics of deep-sea fishing. Participants will learn about equipment, bait, fish identification, safety and caring for a catch. Bait and rods will be included, as well as water and snacks.

Waterfowl Hunting Weekend
Offered August 12 through 14, 2011
Cost: $175; includes all meals
Limit: 15 participants
Registration: begins June 27
Held at the Barry Conservation Camp in Berlin, NH, participants will learn the skills needed to hunt waterfowl, including identification, gear, guns and hunting techniques. They will also learn firearm safety and clay pigeon shooting. NH Fish and Game biologists will discuss waterfowl management and demonstrate how they catch birds to band.

Fly-Fishing Weekend
Offered September 23 through 25, 2011
Cost: $275; includes food and lodging; bring own fly-rod
Limit: 15 participants
Registration: begins July 25
This intermediate workshop will be held at the Sportsman’s Lodge in Stewartstown, NH. Participants with some fly-fishing experience who want to gain skilled needed to fly-fish on their own will work with expert instructors to learn the finer points of casting, reading the water, picking a fly, and what to do when a fish is caught.

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