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.

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.

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

Explore BOW events across North America at


BB Gillen, North Carolina BOW Coordinator
(919) 218-3638

Event Schedule


Beyond BOW Fly-Fishing Basics for Women

March 23, 2019

John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center
7489 Raeford Road, Fayetteville (across from Lake Rim)

Learn new skills or improve existing techniques. This workshop provides a thorough overview of fly tying, fly casting and fly fishing. Download details and registration form.

Big BOW Weekend - Make your plans now!

April 12-14, 2019

Camp Harrison at Herring Ridge
Boomer, N.C. in Wilkes County

2019 BOW Weekend Registration Packet

Mel Porter BOW Scholarship Application


Beyond BOW Fly Fishing Weekend

May 3-5, 2019

North Mills River Recreation Area and Campground

Gain new skills or improve current techniques with this weekend workshop. Learn about stream ecology, basic equipment, knot tying, fly casting. One-on-one instruction offered. Download more information and registration form.

Beyond BOW Introduction to Kayak Fishing

May 25, 2019

John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center
7489 Raeford Road, Fayetteville (across from Lake Rim)

Designed to give anglers and paddlers the information required to safely and successfully fish in sheltered waters in a kayak. Download more information and registration form.

Becoming an Outdoors Woman