Becoming an Outdoors Woman logoBecoming an Outdoors-Woman

The Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program is sponsored by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW), and is aimed primarily at women 18 years and older. BOW seeks to provide introductory learning experiences in a variety of outdoor skills including hunting, fishing and general outdoor recreation.

If you have been looking for an opportunity to learn new skills, gain self-confidence or be more active in the outdoors -
the BOW program is for you. We hold a number of exciting workshops each year throughout Maine, including the annual three–day Introductory Skills Weekend in September.

Introductory Skills Weekend

This three-day workshop is held each fall at Camp Caribou in Winslow, Maine. The workshop provides participants with the opportunity to complete four 3 1/2 hour sessions throughout the weekend on topics of their choosing that are related to hunting, fishing or outdoor recreation. An average of 100 participants attend the workshop each year hailing from throughout New England.

Some of the sessions offered at the Intro Skills Weekend include topics such as: firearms use and range safety, marksmanship, archery, bow hunting, ropes course, outdoor cooking, kayaking, canoeing, basic and advanced fishing, fly casting, outdoor survival, wilderness first aid, small motorboat handling, map and compass, GPS, outdoor photography, forest ecology, wild edibles, bucks and does, waterfowl hunting, fly tying, turkey hunting and much more!

Beyond BOW Workshops

In addition to the annual Introductory Skills Weekend there are a series of Beyond BOW workshops, which are one-day workshops that focus on a specific outdoor skill. Some of the topics offered at Beyond BOW workshops include: winter skills/outdoor survival, snowshoeing, snowmobile safety, ice fishing, archery, bow hunting, fly fishing, swiftwater canoeing, kayaking, upland bird hunting, fly tying, GPS, map and compass and more.

For more information about the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program and to view the current schedule please visit (off-site) or contact:

Brittany Humphrey
BOW Coordinator
284 State St
SHS #41
Augusta, ME 04333
Telephone (207) 216-0292