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.
2021 Becoming an Outdoors Woman Turkey Hunting Seminar
This program is designed for adult women who are new to turkey hunting or looking for a turkey hunting refresher. Participants can either attend the virtual seminar, or both the virtual seminar and in-person field skills outdoor seminar. To participate in the in-person seminar you must first attend the virtual turkey hunting portion.
Virtual Turkey Hunting Seminar
When: Wednesday, April 7, 5–7 p.m.
Where: At your computer
What: An online Zoom class about turkey hunting regulations, gear, scouting, calling, and safety.
In-Person Field Skills Outdoor Seminar
When: Saturday, April, 10, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Where: Shirley Rod & Gun Club, Shirley MA
What: Small groups will rotate between outdoor skills stations which will include shooting, setting up hunting location, scouting, and calling. Face masks are required and physical distancing must be maintained during the in-person class.
Note: To participate in the in-person seminar you must attend the virtual turkey hunting seminar. Registration is first come first served, and space is limited.
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.