“BOW” program brings outdoor recreation opportunities to N.C. women

Press release from N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission:

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program is part of an international program in which women can learn outdoor skills through hands-on experiences.

Throughout the year, women age 18 and older can participate in workshops and events that will introduce them to outdoor activities such as archery, firearm safety, hunting, fishing, outdoor cooking, bird watching, canoeing, wilderness survival, geocaching and more. The programs, which are open to all levels of experience and fitness, encourage a supportive environment conducive to learning, making friends and having fun.

The BOW program is presenting three events in May and June:

May 11–13: Beyond BOW Fly-Fishing Weekend
North Mills River Recreation and Campground, Henderson County
A perfect bonding experience for mothers and daughters to share over Mother’s Day weekend. Participants will spend time camping and learning about stream ecology, fly-tying, fishing equipment and casting. The weekend concludes with a guided fishing trip on the North Fork Mills River. Registration is required and the $125 fee covers the cost of instruction, equipment and camping.

May 26: Beyond BOW Introduction to Kayak Fishing (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center, Fayetteville
Participants will learn the skills required to safely and successfully fish in sheltered waters from a kayak, including classroom instruction on equipment and safety followed by on-the-water instruction and guided fishing at Lake Rim. Registration is required and the $20 fee includes lunch, snacks and beverages.

June 16: Beyond BOW Shooting Sports (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Wake County Wildlife Club
Attendees will participate in rifle, shotgun, pistol and archery skills training sessions on outdoor shooting ranges. Firearms and archery equipment will be provided, and no outside firearms are allowed. Registration is required and the event is free.

Scholarship opportunities are available for all the BOW programs. For more information, visit www.ncwildlife.org/BOW.

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