Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW)

Opportunities for women to enjoy events and the outdoors in a safe, comfortable environment that is conducive to learning and honing skills

“Any woman who does not thoroughly enjoy tramping across the country on a clear frosty morning with a good gun and a good pair of dogs does not know how to enjoy life.”

— Annie Oakley, 1895

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) is an award winning outdoors skills program that welcomes women from all backgrounds to enjoy camaraderie with other women in a supportive, non-competitive learning environment. Participants span the ages of 18 to 80+. The weekend-long workshops offer over 20 different activities balanced between hunting and shooting, shing, and non-harvest sports like canoeing and camping. In addition to learning new activities, BOW participants are also treated to a variety of evening entertainment including outdoor clothing fashion shows, live music and educational seminars.

The first BOW workshop started in 1991 as an experiment to determine whether providing an educational opportunity would be enough to welcome women outdoors. Since 1991, the program has expanded to all 50 states and several Canadian provinces, with many offering multiple opportunities. Women are interested in learning outdoor skills. When the opportunity is offered, they line up for the chance to be involved.

Tennessee events include canoe trips down the Hiwassee River, muzzleloader workshops, and an entire weekend workshop filled with classes and activities every aspiring outdoors-woman will enjoy. Some of these classes include basic archery, reading the woods, ATV operation, dutch oven cooking, fly-fishing, nature photography, and much, much more.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency hosts several BOW and Beyond BOW events every year.

For more information about the BOW program, please contact Program Coordinator, Donald Hosse, at 615 781-6541 or Don.Hosse@tn.gov.

Click here to visit TWRA’s BOW page.

Click here for BOW Registration Form.

Banner Image – Taking Aim Durring BOW – Photo Credit: TWRA