March BOW Classes

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Becoming an Outdoors Woman Upcoming Classes

March 2023

BOW participants

BOW Spring Workshop

April 28 - 30, 2023, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, Lanesboro, MN. On-line registration opens March 1 at BOW Spring Workshop

New this year is a spring BOW workshop! Class offerings include some of the favorites such as fly-fishing for trout, rifle range and canoeing. New classes include wildlife encounters, sound meditation, and shed antler hunting. Workshops are a great way for women to learn new skills and meet new people who are also interested in the outdoors. Eagle Bluff has hired a new chef since our last workshop and the menu will be on-line during registration.  

Turkey hunters

Turkey Hunting Archery Series

March 4 - May 7, 2023. Various locations. Register for one or all the sessions directly with the provided link. To register for the hunt email

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 website. 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 - 11 a.m., fee $20. Register by emailing Equipment provided or bring your own. This session covers 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. Register by texting Don Buckentin at 612-201-2882 or email Don at 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 how to gauge shooting distance. This is for women planning to attend the archery turkey hunt with their own hunting bow.

Session 4: Beginners archery practice, A-1 Archery, Hudson, WI, March 27, 6 - 7 p.m., fee $20. Register at A1 archery . 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, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., fee $20. Register at A1 archery . This session is for archers with their own hunting bow.  Join Dana and Mike for this practice shoot to ensure 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. Registration not required. 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 pre-recorded videos on how to hunt turkeys.

Session 7: Women’s mentored archery turkey hunt, May 5 - 7, East Bethel, MN, fee $150. To register for the hunt email Women will hunt two days with a mentor. You'll need your own hunting archery equipment. Currently the hunt is full but you can be waitlisted.

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.

  • February 22 - Foundational fire starting
  • March 1 - Turkey reintroduction and NWTF mentored turkey hunts
  • March 8 - Prairie chickens in Minnesota
  • March 15 - Bison (tatanka) conservation in Minnesota
  • March 22 - Unraveling mysteries of the common loon
  • March 29 - Backyard bird feeding

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.