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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.


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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 Deer Hunting Seminar and Guided Hunt 

This program is designed for adult women who are new to deer hunting and want to learn more about it. For the safety of staff, volunteers, and participants, portions of this program will be offered in a virtual format this year. First-time hunt participants must attend all four parts. Returning participants are strongly encouraged to apply for both the seminar sessions and the guided hunt. In keeping with COVID-19 restrictions, masks and physical distancing will be required of all participants during the Field Skills Outdoor Seminar and the Guided Deer Hunt.

Part One: Virtual Deer Hunting Seminar
When: Wednesday, November 4, 2020, 5-7 p.m.
Where: At your computer!
What: A virtual class through Zoom to learn about the lives and habits of white-tailed deer, deer hunting regulations, and safety tips. 

Part Two: Field Skills Outdoor Seminar
When: Saturday, November 7, 2020, 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: Virtual Pre-Hunt Camp
When: Monday, November, 23, 2020 6-7 p.m.
Where: At your computer!
What: A virtual get together with the participants one week before the hunt. During this hour we will discuss logistics of the hunt, go over ground rules for hunting on Devens, and provide time for everyone to get to know each other!

Part Four: Guided Deer Hunt
When: Monday, November 30, 2020, 5 a.m.-5 p.m.
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 and In-Person Field Skills Sessions is mandatory
  • 2020 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

Space is limited. To be considered for this program, please complete the online application below by Sunday, October 11th. Registration preference will be given to new participants. It should take you no more than 5 to 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 Tuesday, October 13 notifying you whether you were selected for the program.

Payment is not required unless you are accepted. The fee for participating is $20. 

Click here to complete the application.


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.