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2016 Schedule

Deer Hunting Seminar and Guided Hunt – October 24 & December 5

Click here to apply, space is limited and applications are only accepted until Monday September 19.

Designed for women 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. No previous hunting experience is required for the seminar. Registration priority will be given to new hunters /first time participants.

Part One: Deer Hunting Seminar

Who: Adult women
When: October 22, 2016
Where: Shirley Rod and Gun Club
What: Learn about the lives and habits of white tailed deer. The seminar will focus on gun handling, blood trailing and hunting strategies.

Part Two: Guided Deer Hunt

Who: Adult women who possess a 2016 MA hunting or sporting license, valid MA gun license, and shotgun with appropriate ammunition.
When: December 5, 2016
Where: Devens South Post Military area
What: Spend a day deer hunting with an experienced hunter as your guide and mentor.

 


Women in the Outdoors Event (WITO), Auburn - July 30

Organized by the National Wild Turkey Federation Central Massachusetts Chapter and sponsored in part by MassWildlife's Becoming an Outdoors Woman Program, WITO is dedicated to providing interactive educational outdoor opportunities for women aged 13 and up and includes both hunting and non-hunting activities. WITO will feature over 30 instructional classes, seminars, and activities, perfect for beginners. Space is limited and registration is required. For a full list of classes and to register, please click here



Turkey Hunting Seminar and Hunt – April 2 & May 2

The Beyond BOW Turkey Hunting Seminar and Hunt Program is designed for adult women who are new to turkey hunting and want to learn more about it. New women participants may sign up for just the turkey hunting seminar or both the seminar and guided hunt. First-time hunt participants must attend the seminar. Registration preference will be given to new participants. Returning participants are strongly encouraged to sign up for both the seminar and hunt.
All participants must have a hunting license and a Firearms Identification Card or License to Carry to participate.

Part One: Turkey Hunting Seminar

Who: Adult women
When: April 2, 2016
Where: Shirley Rod and Gun Club
What: Learn about the lives and habits of Eastern Wild Turkeys. The seminar will focus on gun handling, turkey calling and hunting strategies.

Part Two: Guided Turkey Hunt

Who: Adult women who possess a 2016 MA hunting or sporting license, valid MA gun license, and shotgun with appropriate ammunition.
When: May 2, 2016
Where: To be determined
What: Spend a day turkey hunting with an experienced hunter as your guide and mentor.

To be considered for this program, please complete the online application by Tuesday, March 8th. It will take you no more than 5-10 minutes to complete. Please answer questions as honestly as possible to assist us in our selection process. You will be contacted by e-mail no later than Friday, March 11th regarding whether or not you were selected for the program.

 


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.

families out fishing

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.

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.

 

 

two successful turkey hunters with their birds and their guide
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.