March BOW Classes

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Becoming an Outdoors Woman Upcoming Classes

March 2022

Sara Holger

Maple Syrup Making Demonstration 

March 20, 2022, 10 - 11 a.m., free, Whitewater State Park, register by calling 507-312-2301 or email

Celebrate spring in Whitewater State Park's sugar bush! This activity will introduce the long history of maple syrup and sugar making, as well as the equipment and procedures used. We will tap trees, gather and boil sap.

Turkey hunters

Turkey Hunting Archery Series

Women who want to improve their archery target shooting and then build on that experience by learning how to hunt wild turkeys are encouraged to enroll in the archery series that begins this month. You can register for one or all of the sessions. For more details email

Session 1: Archery hunting basics webinar. This webinar was recorded and available for viewing at Outdoor Skills and Stewardship Series.  BOW volunteer Desiree Holmberg discusses archery equipment and hunting basics.

Session 2: Women’s archery shop basics and target practice, Archery Country, Rogers, MN, March 12, noon to 1 p.m., fee $15. This session introduces women to the services provided at archery shops and then concludes with practice shooting at the indoor range.

Session 3: Women’s archery practice, A-1 Archery, Hudson, WI, March 29, 6 - 7 p.m., fee $20. This program will focus on archery target shooting.

Session 4: Turkey hunting clinic, A-1 Archery, Hudson, WI, March 29, 7 - 8 p.m., free. This in-person clinic is open to the public and will focus on the basics of archery turkey hunting. The DNR website also has a pre-recorded videos on how to hunt turkeys.

Session 5: Women’s hunting Q&A session, Zoom, April 5, 7- 8 p.m., free. This session for women will focus on hunting clothing and your hunting questions.

Session 6: 3-D Archery shoot, April 23, Chilakoot Bowhunters Club, Stillwater, MN, time TBD, fee $20. This 3-D shoot is open to the public. Women will be grouped together to practice shooting outdoors at 3-D targets to learn when and where to shoot and to gauge shooting distance.

Session 7: Women’s mentored archery turkey hunt, May 6 - 8, East Bethel, MN, fee TBD. Women will hunt two days with a mentor.  Session dependent on health guidelines. 

Women Workshops 

Trails Club for Women, Wednesdays, March 9 - May 18, 6 - 7:30 p.m., locations vary weekly in the Three Rivers Park District, fee is $85 for 11 sessions. Register by calling Three Rivers Parks at 763-559-6700.

Stay active by hiking and exploring the Three Rivers Park District trails with other women. We’ll hike a different trail each week. A schedule of park locations will be provided to registered participants. 

Free Family Webinars

These webinars are part of the Minnesota Outdoor Skills and Stewardship Series that aims to give participants quick, relevant information on upcoming seasons and events, and skills to help enjoy the outdoors.

Webinars are live on Wednesday starting at noon. For more details or to view past webinars and to register for upcoming webinars visit Outdoor Skills and Stewardship Series.

  • March 2 - Sturgeon management and how to catch them
  • March 9 - Minnesota's bees, plantings for pollinators and the Prairie Pod podcast
  • March 16 - Understanding rifle cartridges and selection for hunting
  • March 23 - Steelhead fishing
  • March 30 - Fishing for rough fish

Becoming an Outdoors Woman Program (BOW)

The BOW program provides hunting, fishing, and non-consumptive outdoor skills classes to women in a safe and supportive environment. BOW works cooperatively with DNR staff, volunteers and outside agencies to provide opportunities for women to learn skills. BOW is guided by a volunteer steering committee. To find out more visit the BOW Website.

Do you want to stay informed about upcoming fisheries, wildlife and habitat management activities and ways that you can discover, explore and experience Minnesota’s outdoors? Then sign up for Minnesota Fishing and Minnesota Wildlife email notifications available for free on the DNR website. Updates are also available for state parks, scientific and natural areas, the Eagle Cam and more.

Visit the DNR's Learn to Hunt and Learn to Fish web pages to learn how to hunt or fish a variety of species.