February BOW Classes

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Becoming an Outdoors Woman Upcoming Classes

February 2023

BOW participants

BOW Spring Workshop

April 28 - 30, 2023, Eagle Bluff ELC, Lanesboro. Registration opens mid - March at the BOW Website.

Save the date for BOW's Spring Workshop to be held at Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center. Workshops are a great way for women to learn new skills and to meet new people who are also interested in the outdoors. BOW is also hosting a fall workshop in September.

Turkey hunters

Turkey Hunting Archery Series

March 4 - May 7, 2023. Various locations. Register for one or all of the sessions. For more details email linda.bylander@state.mn.us.

Women who want to improve their archery target skills and then use that experience to learn how to hunt wild turkeys are encouraged to enroll in this archery series. 

Session 1: Archery hunting basics pre-recorded webinar. BOW volunteer Desiree Holmberg covers archery equipment and hunting basics in this free pre-recorded webinar. No registration required. View webinar at Outdoor skills & stewardship | Minnesota DNR (state.mn.us). Select past webinars, then select archery under the outdoor skills column to view webinar.

Session 2: Women’s archery shop basics and target practice, Archery Country, Rogers, MN, March 4, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m., fee $20. This woman only session introduces women to the services provided at archery shops and then concludes with practice shooting at the indoor range.

Session 3: 3-D Archery shoot, March 18 or March 19., Chilakoot Bowhunters Club, Stillwater, MN, 10 a.m., 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. This is for women planning to attend the hunt with their own hunting bow.

Session 4: Beginners archery practice, A-1 Archery, Hudson, WI, March 27, 6 - 7 p.m., fee $20. This session is for women who are beginner archers without their own equipment. Join Dana Keller and Mike Foster for the basics of archery shooting.

Session 5: Women’s hunting archery practice, A-1 Archery, Hudson, WI, March 28, 6 - 7 p.m., fee $20. This session is for archers with their own hunting bow.  Join Dana and Mike for this practice shoot to ensuring your bow is ready for the hunt.

Session 6: Turkey hunting clinic, A-1 Archery, Hudson, WI, March 28, 7 - 8:30 p.m., free. Join Mike Foster for this in-person clinic which is open to the public. Learn the basics of archery hunting and turkey hunting. The DNR website also has a pre-recorded videos on how to hunt turkeys.

Session 7: Women’s mentored archery turkey hunt, May 5 - 7, East Bethel, MN, fee TBD. Women will hunt two days with a mentor. You'll need your own hunting archery equipment. This is a popular hunt so register early as space is limited to ten women.

Women & Family Workshops

Family Weekend Workshop, February 17 - 19, Fee $165 per family member, Eagle Bluff Center, Lanesboro, Registration and details on Eagle Bluff's website.

Family weekends are great way for all family members to learn new outdoor skills. Activities to choose from include rock climbing, archery, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, air rifles, ice fishing, winter survival and more. There will also be evening activities both nights. Join us for a fun family weekend of learning outdoor skills.

Women's Snowshoeing, February 21, 6 - 7:30 p.m., Fee $10, Coon Rapids Dam Park East, Register by February 14 at Online Services (activecommunities.com).

This class, provided by the Spring Lake Parks & Recreation Department, is geared for women 18 and older. Looking for a new way to enjoy the great outdoors in the winter? This is a great way to learn or practice your snowshoeing while meeting other women who love the outdoors. Pre-registration is required and equipment is included in the program fee. Indoor facilities will not be available.

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.

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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.