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Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) is an international program aimed primarily at women, but is an opportunity for anyone 18 years or older to learn outdoor skills usually associated with hunting and fishing, but useful for many outdoor pursuits. Check out the BOW Brochure for more information!
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The goal of the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) scholarship program is to broaden participation in the weekend workshop to women 18 years old and older who would be unable to attend without financial assistance. BOW encourages anyone to apply for a scholarship. However, preference will be given to first-time attendees and those promoting diversity in outdoors education across the state through their community affiliations, culture, region, and/or profession.
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Ever thought about catching your own trout for dinner? Want to pick-up skills like casting and cooking your catch? Maybe you like the idea of renewing yourself by spending time near clean, flowing water. You can do all this and more on the beautiful trout streams of Northeast Iowa—during the height of fall colors, in the company of other women!
BOW (Becoming an Outdoors Woman), NWTF (National Wild Turkey Federation), and the Iowa DNR are jointly sponsoring this weekend of fun, fishing, and fellowship. Arrive Friday evenings for introductions, wine, trout appetizers, and casting, followed by a day on the stream Saturday with an experienced mentor. Saturday night you’ll learn how to cook your catch with one of the Midwest’s leading wild foods chefs and author of Fly Fisher’s Guide to Wisconsin and Iowa. Sunday you can hit the streams again, or head back home.
Grab a friend and register as space is limited! Instruction using spinning gear is provided, with a chance to try your hand at fly fishing. No experience necessary; all equipment provided. Cost includes food, communal lodging at the charming Paint Creek Lodge, and equipment. Participants must purchase an Iowa fishing license and trout stamp
BOW (Becoming an Outdoors Woman), PF/QF (Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever), and the Iowa DNR are jointly sponsoring this weekend of fun, hunting, and fellowship.
Join the Iowa County Pheasants Forever Chapter for their Upland Bird Hunt Weekend on November 17th and 18th in Homestead, IA. The event centers around the habitat, the hunt, and the harvest.
Hunters will gather Saturday morning to begin learning about pheasant and other upland bird habitat and how they're biology impacts hunting tactics for a successful hunt. The afternoon will focus on firearms, clothing and other necessary equipment and wrap up with shooting practice and a " mock hunt". Saturday evening will include lessons on hunting dogs and how to get started training them.
Sunday morning will feature the hunt and upon return, instructors will be on hand to demonstrate how to field dress and share their favorite recipes and crafts using pheasant feathers.
This is an active, skills-based event. Come prepared to get muddy, and dressed for the variable fall weather. We will do quite a bit of walking on varying terrain! Shotguns, ammunition, and orange vests will be provided, but participants may also bring their own equipment.
We have 20 gauge shotguns available for check out, if you'd like to use one, please make sure to note this in the registration.
All participants are required to complete hunter education prior to attending. Visit www.iowadnr.gov/huntered to check out the various ways you can complete the course or to locate a class in your area.
Participants are required to purchase an Iowa hunting license and habitat stamp prior to attending. You can purchase online or to locate a retailer in your area.
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