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2014 Workshop Schedule – This schedule will be updated as more workshops are finalized.

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October 18 & December 6 -- Deer Hunting Seminar for Outdoorswomen and Men
Designed for both women and men (18 and older) who are new to deer hunting. In this seminar, participants will learn about deer behavior, what to wear, what gear to bring on a deer hunt, deer management, sighting in a firearm and other useful tips. This is Part 1 of a 2-part workshop. Part 2 is a guided Deer Hunt for adult women. Men and women may sign up for Part 1 (Seminar) and women may sign up for Part 1 and Part 2 (Hunt). No previous hunting experience is required for the seminar. Space fills up quickly, with registration preference for new hunters/first time participants. Click here for the registration materials pdf format of 2014 BOW Deer Hunting Workshop
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July 26-27-- Becoming an Outdoors Family Camping Workshop, Carver- This family friendly event at the Myles Standish State Forest is designed specifically for families new to camping and want  to give it a try. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend time together in the great outdoors on a fun-filled overnight camping experience. Activities include campsite set up, building and putting out campfires, open fire cooking, archery, and fishing for beginners. A traditional evening campfire, story teller, and a live animal program are also planned. 

The Outdoor Family Camping Workshop is a joint effort between the Division’s Becoming an Outdoorswoman Program and the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Learn To Camp Program..

Click here for registration materials or more information or call 617-626-4962.

August 2-3—Becoming an Outdoors Family Camping Workshop, Andover- This family friendly event is designed specifically for families new to camping and want  to give it a try. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend time together in the great outdoors on a fun-filled overnight camping experience. Activities include campsite set up, building and putting out campfires, open fire cooking, archery, and fishing for beginners. A traditional evening campfire, story teller, and a live animal program are also planned. 

The Outdoor Family Camping Workshop is a joint effort between the Division’s Becoming an Outdoorswoman Program and the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Learn To Camp Program.

Click here for registration materials or more information or call 617-626-4962.

two successful turkey hunters with their birds and their guide

April 12 & May 5th – Beyond Becoming an Outdoorswoman Turkey Hunting Seminar and Guided Hunt-- This is a 2-part workshop designed for adults who are new to turkey hunting and want to learn more about it. Part A on April 12 is a turkey hunting seminar for both adult women and men (18+) to be held on Saturday, in Shirley. Learn about the lives and habits of the official state game bird. Though the focus will be on gun handling, turkey calling, and hunting strategies, photographers, birders, and wildlife enthusiasts will gain valuable information about turkeys. Part B is a guided turkey hunt on May 5, 2014 at the Devens South Post Military area for adult women only. New women participants may sign up for Part A or Part A and B. Men may only sign up for Part A. First-time hunt participants must attend the seminar. Turkey Hunt participants must possess a 2014 MA hunting or sporting license, valid MA gun license, turkey permit, and shotgun with appropriate ammunition. For more information visit the Outdoorswoman web page or call 508-389-6329.

April 24 – 25 -- Becoming an Outdoors Family Camping Workshop, Brewster – This family friendly event is a joint effort between the Division’s Becoming an Outdoorswoman Program and the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Learn To Camp Program. The workshop is designed specifically for families who haven’t been camping and would like to give it a try. This is a wonderful opportunity for families to spend time in the great outdoors together on a fun-filled overnight camping experience. Activities include camp site set up, building and putting out campfires, open fire cooking, fishing for beginners and a guided bike ride. A traditional evening campfire, story teller, and a live animal program are also planned.

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Previous BOW Workshops

Deer Hunting Seminar for Outdoorswomen and Men
Designed for both women and men (18 and older) who are new to deer hunting. In this seminar, participants will learn about deer behavior, what to wear, what gear to bring on a deer hunt, deer management, sighting in a firearm and other useful tips. This is Part 1 of a 2-part workshop. Part 2 is a guided Deer Hunt for adult women. Men and women may sign up for Part 1 (Seminar) and women may sign up for Part 1 and Part 2 (Hunt). No previous hunting experience is required for the seminar. Registration priority will be given to new hunters /first time participants.

Becoming an Outdoors Family Camping Weekends
These events are designed for families who are new to camping and will be filled with outdoor activities that may include outdoor cooking, fishing, archery, and nature observation.

Turkey Hunting Seminar and Guided Hunt

This is a 2-part program consisting of a 1-day seminar and a 1-day turkey hunt. This program is especially designed for the beginning adult female hunter (18 and older). Photographers and others interested in turkeys will also learn ways to find and view the state's official game bird. Participants may choose to take part in one session or both. For the Seminar, no previous hunting experience is required. Turkey Hunt participants are required to take the Seminar segment if they want to participate in the Hunt. Turkey Hunt participants must also have a valid FID or LTC, shotgun, valid MA 2012 hunting license, and turkey permit.

Fly Tying for Outdoorswomen
Tying an imitation fly and using it to catch a fish is a relaxing and memorable experience. Jim Lafley of the Federation of Fly Fishers will teach an introductory fly-tying class. This workshop is designed for adult women (18 and older) who are new to this activity. Participants will have the opportunity to tie at least two patterns during the class. All materials and equipment will be provided for the class session and the instructor will answer questions about the basic equipment to get you started on your own.