Becoming an Outdoors-Woman

DNREC’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) is an educational program offering hands-on workshops to encourage and enhance participation in outdoor activities like hunting and shooting sports, fishing and boating, and non-harvest activities.

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2022 BOW Program

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2022 Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program

The 2022 Becoming and Outdoors-Woman program will be offered on the weekend of Oct. 7, 8 and 9 at Camp Barnes (37171 Camp Barnes Rd., Frankford, DE 19945).

Program Details

The program runs from noon on Oct. 7 through 11 a.m. on Oct. 9. Find full details in the 2022 BOW Program.

Two lodging options are available: Dormitory rooms and tent camping.

Meals and beverages are included. Participants should bring refillable water bottles.

The program agenda includes instructional course sessions, group meals, free time and evening campfire activities.

Participants can choose from among a list of instructional courses, including (but not limited to):

  • Saltwater and freshwater fishing
  • Building bluebird boxes
  • Hiking
  • Shucking and cooking oysters and other seafood
  • Archery
  • Birding
  • Learning about wetlands
  • Kayaking
  • Mentored hunting
  • Wildlife trapping introduction
  • Bug identification
  • DIY survival bracelets

Some activities require fishing or hunting licenses. The hunting activity requires hunter education certification.

History of Becoming an Outdoors-Woman

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Since the first Becoming an Outdoors-Woman event was held in Wisconsin, in 1991, this exciting international program has expanded to 46 states and seven provinces with more than 80 workshops offered each year. The main goal of the BOW program is to provide women with the opportunity to learn skills that encourage and enhance participation in outdoor activities, like hunting and shooting sports, fishing and boating, and non-harvest recreational activities.

Courses are geared toward adult women age 18 and above, though men may participate.

The yearly BOW event features opportunities for participants to choose from a wide range of course offerings during each of the sessions. The instructors of these courses have been selected for their expertise as well as their ability to provide instruction in a safe, supportive, and non-competitive atmosphere.

Past Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Events

The 2021 event was a COVID-safe, one-day event at Trap Pond State Park on Aug. 21.

The 2020 event was not held because of the COVID outbreak.

The 2019 event was held at Lums Pond State Park, Sept. 20 through 22.

The 2018 event was held at Cape Henlopen State Park, Sept. 28 through 30.

The 2017 event was held at Killens Pond State Park, Oct. 6 through 8.