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Becoming an Outdoors-Woman



Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshops are designed primarily for women with an interest in learning skills usually associated with hunting, fishing and other outdoor endeavors. Although they are open to anyone 18 or older, the workshops are tailored primarily to women who have never tried these activities or who are beginners hoping to improve their skills.

BOW Workshops

2016 Summer BOW Workshop - August 5-7, 2016
If you are new to the outdoors, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s summer Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop is a great opportunity to take those first few steps into learning about our state’s rich outdoor traditions. This weekend excursion begins on a Friday at noon and ends on Sunday after lunch. Lodging, meals and all equipment needed throughout the weekend are included in the registration fee. The goal of the summer BOW workshop is to provide a comfortable, encouraging environment for learning new outdoor skills with like-minded individuals. In addition to the educational programs, be prepared to enjoy campfires and other evening activities. Schedule of Courses and Registration.

Beyond BOW Workshops

Stand Up Paddleboard Event
Thursday, July 7, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Harmon Lake, North Dakota (~15miles NW of Bismarck/Mandan)
Registration Fee: $30
Limited to 20 Participants

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Join us on Harmon Lake to learn the basics Stand Up Paddleboarding, it's the latest craze on the water. Throughout the evening you will learn safety, legal requirements and proper techniques of this growing sport! You will need to know how to swim and have no fear of the water. Be ready to get wet and have some fun!

About Beyond BOW

Beyond BOW workshops provide women the opportunity to concentrate on learning skills that are associated with specific types of outdoor recreation. Ultimately, these workshops will provide enough high quality instruction and hands-on experience so participants can continue with the activity in the future.

Listed below are a few Beyond BOW workshops held in the past, or that may be provided in the future:

  • Paddlesports
  • Learn to Hunt Programs
  • Hiking
  • Conservation Programs
  • Wild Foods
  • Advanced Hunter Education
  • Learn to Fish Programs
  • Darkhouse Spearfishing
  • Ice Fishing
  • Instructional Shooting Clinics

For more information on Becoming an Outdoors-Woman contact Brian Schaffer, BOW-NDGF, 100 N. Bismarck Expressway, Bismarck, ND 58501-5095, 701-328-6312, or email

Partial scholarships may be available for some BOW events. Contact the Department for more information.