Women’s Fall Workshop Registration Open Now

Women who want to learn outdoor skills can sign up for New Hampshire’s fall Becoming an Outdoors-Woman weekend workshop, which will take place September 6 to 8, 2013, at Rockywold/Deephaven Camps on Squam Lake in Holderness, N.H. The workshop fee of $335 includes lodging for the weekend, plus all meals, instruction and equipment use.

Participants select sessions from more than 30 different outdoor skills workshops, from archery, fishing and fly-fishing to camping, field dressing game, hiking, kayaking, rifle, shotgun, nature photography, outdoor survival, campfire cooking, mountain biking, map and compass, and more.

“Our participants have a great time learning in the company of other women,” said B.O.W. Program Coordinator Tina Davenport of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. “They are truly motivated when they see that outdoor skills can add such an exciting new dimension to their lives.”

To register, click here and download the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman fall workshop brochure and mail-in registration form. To request a registration form, email aquatic-ed(at)wildlife.nh.gov or call 603-271-3212. Registration forms will be accepted by REGULAR MAIL ONLY. No walk-ins or faxes. This popular weekend fills up fast, so sign up soon if you are interested. Participants must be 18 years or older.

New Hampshire’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program is co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and the New Hampshire Wildlife Federation.


Women’s Outdoor Winter Workshop Registration Open Now

Registration opened January 7 for the 2013 Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Winter Workshop, a one-day program where women can learn outdoor skills to enjoy during the winter months. The workshop will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2013 (snow date Sunday, February 17), at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness, NH.

Winter BOW participants choose a single activity to explore during the daylong workshop. They can learn how to ice-fish, explore winter outdoor survival skills, track wildlife on snowshoes, try snowmobiling (beginners only) or experience the popular ’Shoe and Shoot class, which is woodland target shooting on snowshoes.

An application and brochure about the workshop is available online here. To request an application by mail, email Lisa.M.Collins(at)wildlife.nh.gov or call 603-271-3212. If you are interested in attending, sign up soon, as BOW workshops fill up fast.

A fee of $55 covers the workshop, lunch and most equipment use. Participants must be at least 18 years old. New Hampshire BOW programs are co-sponsored by N.H. Fish and Game and the New Hampshire Wildlife Federation.

The New Hampshire Wildlife Federation is a nonprofit group that advocates for the promotion and protection of hunting, fishing and trapping, as well as the conservation of fish and wildlife habitat. Visit them online.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state’s fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats. Visit them here.


Free Outdoor Sporting Expo at Fish and Game in Concord

Get set for the hunting and fishing seasons ahead at the National Hunting and Fishing Day N.H. Expo, which takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on September 22, 2012, at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive in Concord. Admission is free! Stroll through more than 70 exhibits featuring hunting and fishing-related products and services. Lots of hands-on activities to try! Promotional support for the event is being provided by the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire, John Deere, Bonneville & Son Jeep and 96.5 The Mill.

Visitors to the Expo will have a chance to try archery, crossbow and air rifle ranges. Check out hunting gear and accessories – from guns to decoys to scents and calls. See pointing dog and retriever demos, and check out that new four-wheeler you’ve been dreaming about. Taxidermy exhibits and on-going fly-tying demos. Meet the state record buck holder John Klucky.

“This year’s Expo is bigger than ever. We have more exhibitors and more demos and hands-on activities for adults and teens who love hunting and fishing,” said Expo coordinator Mark Beauchesne of Fish and Game. “Don’t miss this fun, free event celebrating New Hampshire’s longstanding outdoor traditions.”

A big draw at the event will be a giant raffle featuring more than 50 items, including a pheasant hunt for two and a Savage Arms Axis rifle. The drawing will take place at 2 p.m. Raffle proceeds benefit the work of the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire, Fish and Game’s nonprofit partner that supports critical fish and wildlife conservation and education programs.

Food concessions will be available.

The Sporting Expo in Concord is one of two big events being hosted by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department on September 22, 2012, in observance of National Hunting and Fishing Day. That same day, also from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a free Open House at Fish and Game’s Owl Brook Hunter Education Center at 387 Perch Pond Road in Holderness, featuring hands-on activities and demonstrations related to the shooting sports, hunting and trapping. Learn more about National Hunting and Fishing Day, and see lists of exhibitors and raffle prizes at http://www.wildnh.com/nhfday.


BOW Program Presents Intro to Trapping Workshop

The New Hampshire Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program and the New Hampshire Trappers Association are teaming up to present a one-day Introduction to Trapping workshop on Saturday, September 29, 2012, from 9 AM to 4 PM at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department in Concord, N.H., (11 Hazen Drive). The session is a chance to learn the basics of trapping and dispel common myths about an activity that has important benefits for wildlife and society.

Participants will gain an understanding of trapping as a necessary technique in the control of animal populations. The course will cover habitats of furbearing animals such as beaver, coyote, fisher, fox, mink, muskrat, otter and raccoon. You’ll also learn how to identify various furbearers and their tracks. Hands-on training will be provided, including how to set traps in the ground or under water, fine-tuning the trap, and setting a trap line.

To sign up, download a print-and-mail registration form found here. The cost of the workshop is $25, which includes instruction, program materials, use of demonstration equipment, plus a continental breakfast and lunch. The course is open to women and men age 18 or older. Please note that this workshop does not certify participants in trapper education. For more information, call 603-271-3212.

New Hampshire’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program is co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and the New Hampshire Wildlife Federation.


Winter Workshop Held for Women with Interest in Outdoors

Women: Come explore the skills you need to enjoy exciting winter outdoor activities at the New Hampshire Winter Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (B.O.W.) workshop set for Saturday, February 18, 2012, snow date Sunday, February 19, at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness, N.H.  The program costs $55, which includes a box lunch. Participants must be at least 18 years old.

At this one-day workshop, participants select a single topic. Learn how to ice-fish; explore winter outdoor survival skills; try basic snowshoeing and tracking; snowmobiling; or “Shoe and Shoot” (snowshoeing and woodland target shooting).

Registration will open on January 9, 2012. A descriptive workshop brochure is available now here. If you are interested, sign up here now, because BOW workshops fill up fast!

New Hampshire B.O.W. programs are co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and the New Hampshire Wildlife Federation.


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.

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