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Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW)

The Becoming and Outdoorswoman Program offers shooting skills workshops, hunting seminars, and other classes and activities designed for adult women.

 Following a State of Emergency declaration and a directive from Governor Baker to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus, the BOW Turkey Hunting Seminar has been canceled.

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This program focuses on the learning of outdoor skills that are valuable to anyone wishing to enjoy the outdoors.

A sampling of workshop offerings may include: basic fishing, beginning shotgun, kayaking, map & compass, reading the woods, archery, pond and stream adventures, nature photography, martial arts, outdoor and game cooking, edible plants and much more.

For more information, as well as registration materials, you can join the BOW email list.

Current Programs

2020 Becoming an Outdoors Woman Turkey Hunting Seminar and Guided Hunt 

This program is designed for adult women who are new to turkey hunting and want to learn more about it. New women participants may apply for just the turkey hunting seminar or both the seminar and guided hunt. First-time participants must attend the seminar. Returning participants are encouraged to apply for both the seminar and hunt. To accommodate more participants, we have two days for the guided hunt this year! If selected, participants will be chosen for one of the two hunt days.

Part One: Turkey Hunting Seminar CANCELED

When: April 4, 2020
Where: Shirley Rod and Gun Club
Who: Adult women
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 TO BE DECIDED

When: April 27 and 28, 2020
Where: Fort Devens South Post Military Area
Who: Adult women who have completed Basic Hunter Education and possess a 2020 hunting or sporting license and turkey permit. Hunt participants must also have a Firearms Identification Card or License to Carry and a shotgun with appropriate ammunition.  
What: Spend a day turkey hunting with an experienced hunter as your guide and mentor.

Course is full. To be put on a waitlist, please email

Examples of BOW Workshops

Deer Hunting Seminar and Guided Hunt
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. This is Part 1 of a 2-part workshop. Part 2 is a guided Deer Hunt for adult women. No previous hunting experience is required for the seminar. Registration priority will be given to new hunters. 

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, hunting license, and turkey permit.

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.

Women in the Outdoors Event (WITO)
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.