Becoming an Outdoors-Woman

DNREC’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) is an educational program offering hands-on workshops to encourage and enhance participation in outdoor activities like hunting and shooting sports, fishing and boating, and non-harvest activities.

We regret to announce that, because of forecast inclement weather, the 2023 edition of Becoming and Outdoors Woman has been canceled.

The 2023 Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program

Registration is now open for the 2023 Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program, The event will held the weekend of Oct. 13 to Oct. 15 at Delaware Seashore State Park.

The program cost is $200, plus registration fees. Meals are included.

A woman draws back an arrow preparing to fire it with a compound bow.

Space is available for tent camping and there will be a limited number of RV/full hook-up sites available.

Restrooms and shower facilities are available on site for all camping. Water and electrical hook-ups will be provided as well.

Find more information, including the program agenda and details on all available courses in the 2023 Event Information sheet.

If you have any questions about the program or want to be added to our contact list, please email or call 302-422-1329.

History of the Program

Since the first Becoming an Outdoors-Woman event was held in Wisconsin, in 1991, this exciting international program has expanded to 46 states and seven provinces with more than 80 workshops offered each year. The main goal of the BOW program is to provide women with the opportunity to learn skills that encourage and enhance participation in outdoor activities, like hunting and shooting sports, fishing and boating, and non-harvest recreational activities.

Courses are geared toward adult women aged 18 and older, though men may participate.

The yearly BOW event features opportunities for participants to choose from a wide range of course offerings during each of the sessions. The instructors of these courses have been selected for their expertise as well as their ability to provide instruction in a safe, supportive, and non-competitive atmosphere.

Past Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Events

The 2022 event was held at Camp Barnes, Oct. 7 through 9.

The 2021 event was a COVID-safe, one-day event at Trap Pond State Park on Aug. 21.

The 2020 event was not held because of the COVID outbreak.

The 2019 event was held at Lums Pond State Park, Sept. 20 through 22.

The 2018 event was held at Cape Henlopen State Park, Sept. 28 through 30.

The 2017 event was held at Killens Pond State Park, Oct. 6 through 8.