North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW)

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) is an international program in which women age 18 and older learn outdoor skills through hands-on experiences. In North Carolina, BOW workshops are held across the state and offer a variety of outdoor skills, including fishing, hunter safety, target shooting, archery, canoeing, motorboat safety, outdoor cooking, tracking and map-and-compass.

Explore BOW events across North America at .

Scholarship opportunities are available for all the BOW programs. Download the Mel Porter Scholarship Application (PDF). 

For more information or to download a registration packet, click on the subject under Details in the table below. Enrollment is limited for each event and registration is first come, first served.


North Carolina BOW Coordinator
BB Gillen
(919) 218-3638 or
(919) 894-3996

Event Schedule


Becoming an Outdoors Woman
Weekend Workshop

March 31 - April 2, 2017

YMCA Camp Harrison at Herring Ridge, Boomer, Wilkes County

Download  registration packet

Beyond BOW Fly-Fishing Basics for Women

March 11, 2017, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center

7489 Raeford Rd., Fayetteville (across from Lake Rim)

Download  registration form

Beyond BOW Fly-Fishing Weekend

April 21-23, 2017

North Mills River Recreation Area and Campground, Henderson County

Download registration form

Becoming an Outdoors Woman