By Arizona Game And Fish Department

There are still a few spots available for the “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” (BOW) workshop on Sept. 6-8 at Friendly Pines Camp near Prescott.

The program introduces women to outdoors skills in an enjoyable, non-threatening environment with expert instructors. Classes include horsemanship, rappelling, wilderness  medicine, birding, hiking, archery, fly and warmwater fishing, paddling a kayak, and shotgun/rifle/pistol shooting, among more than 30 others.

Evenings and mornings are filled with fun and entertainment, including bird walks, yoga, fly tying, night fishing and presentations. Participants stay in rustic cabins, but there are showers and bathrooms in each cabin, and a central dining hall for meals.

Class materials, food and lodging are all included in the $275 registration fee (horsemanship and ropes challenge are $50 extra each).

The program is sponsored by the Arizona Wildlife Federation in partnership with the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

For more information and to register, visit https://azwildlife.org/bow or contact Kim at (480) 201-7456 or Linda at (623) 979-4612.

What is the “Becoming an Outdoors-Woman” program about

The Arizona Wildlife Federation (AWF) conducts Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW ®) twice a year at Friendly Pines Camp outside Prescott, AZ in the spring and early fall. AWF also hosts a Deluxe BOW in the desert at Saguaro Lake Ranch in January or February.  The three-day workshops begin at noon Friday and end shortly after noon the following Sunday.

BOW gives women (18 and older) the opportunity to learn about hunting, fishing and related activities in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Skills such as gun safety, shooting, angling (including fly fishing), camping, Dutch-oven cooking, map and compass reading, marksmanship with rifle and bow are taught.  A complete list of courses which you may find at BOW can be found at BOW Class Descriptions.

In addition to the various classes, there are a number of evening events for the women to enjoy, that may include, “hawk talks”, nature hikes, fashion shows, fly tying and wild game tasting. The weekend schedule would be similar to BOW Sample Schedule

Our instructors, who volunteer their time to teach these classes, are experts in their field. Some are employed in the fields they teach; others are experts in their subjects, including archery and rifle marksmanship. Still others are Arizona Game and Fish and U.S. Forest Service employees with years of experience in the flora and fauna of Arizona.

Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) is a program started by Christine Thomas, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Resource Management at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Pointe. The first BOW clinic was conducted in Wisconsin in September 1991. The Arizona workshop is part of the same curriculum and each workshop is organized with the aid of the Safari Club International of Phoenix and the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The National Wildlife Federation and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation are just two of BOW’s national supporters. 

Visit the national bow site:
http://www.uwsp.edu/cnr/bow/

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