Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW)

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


To sign up for updates on upcoming workshops, please join the BOW email list.

This program offers outdoor skills for anyone wishing to enjoy the outdoors. Workshop offerings may include: basic fishing, beginning shotgun, kayaking, map and compass, reading the woods, archery, pond and stream adventures, nature photography, martial arts, outdoor and game cooking, edible plants, and many more.

Upcoming events

2022 Becoming an Outdoors Woman Deer Hunting Seminar and Mentored Hunt 

This program is designed for adult women, ages 18+, who have little or no experience deer hunting and want to learn more. You can apply to participate in just the seminars, or in the full program. First-time hunt participants must attend all three parts. Returning participants are encouraged to apply for both the seminar and the guided hunt. 

Part One: Virtual Deer Hunting Seminar
When: Tuesday, October 18, 2022, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Where: Online
What: A virtual class through Zoom to learn about the lives and habits of white-tailed deer, deer hunting regulations, and safety. 

Part Two: Field Skills Outdoor Seminar
When: Saturday, October 22, 2022, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Where: Shirley Rod & Gun Club, Shirley MA
What: Meet staff and volunteer guides. Participate in small groups in outdoor field skills stations including shooting, hunting gear, scouting, following a blood trail, and shoot or no shoot scenarios.

Part Three: Guided Deer Hunt
When: Monday, November 28, 2022, all day
Where: Devens South Post Military Area, Lancaster
What: Spend a day deer hunting with an experienced deer hunter as your guide and mentor.

Participants must meet the following requirements by the day of the hunt:

  • If new to the program, participation in the Virtual Deer Hunting Seminar and In-Person Field Skills Sessions is mandatory
  • 2022 MA hunting or sporting license (you do not need a hunting license to apply for the program)
  • Valid MA gun license
  • Shotgun and ammunition to use for the hunt

Registration is now closed.

Examples of BOW Workshops

Deer Hunting Seminar and Guided Hunt
Designed for adult women (18 and older) who are new to deer hunting, this seminar teaches deer behavior, deer hunter clothing, what gear to bring on a deer hunt, deer management, sighting in a firearm and other useful tips. The seminar 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. Hunt participants are required to complete the seminar to participate in the hunt. Hunt participants must also have a valid Firearm Identification Card (FID) or License To Carry (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 Outdoors-Women
Tying an imitation fly and using it to catch a fish is a relaxing and memorable experience. 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 for the workshop will be provided. The instructor will answer questions to help 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 ages 13 and older 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 advance registration is required.

Event accommodations

If you have a disability or medical condition and would like to request special accommodations or will require translation services for an upcoming event, please contact Susan Sacco via email at

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