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 or (919) 894-3996

Event Schedule


Beyond BOW: Fly Fishing Basics for Women

March 10, 2018

John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center

7489 Raeford Road, Fayetteville, NC

Download event information and medical questionnaire.

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Event

April 13-15, 2018

Eastern 4H Center, Columbia, NC

Download Registration Packet

Mel Porter BOW Scholarship Application


Beyond BOW Fly Fishing Weekend

May 11-13, 2018

North Mills River Recreation Area and Campground, Henderson County

Download Information, Registration & Health Form

Becoming an Outdoors Woman