BOW Workshop 2019

Becoming an Outdoors Woman - Iowa

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!

The workshop is for you if...

  • you have never tried these activities, but have hoped for an opportunity to learn.
  • you are a beginner who hopes to improve your skills.
  • you know how to do some of these activities, but would like to try your hand at some new ones.
  • you are looking for the camaraderie of like-minded individuals.

2022 Becoming an Outdoor-Woman Catalog


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. Iowa 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.

  • 2023 BOW scholarship applications due TBD, 2023. 
  • 2023 BOW scholarship winners will be notified TBD, 2023.



Beyond BOW Upcoming Events

These events have been made possible by the Iowa Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program. This workshop is open to both residents and non-residents and any adult 18 years age or older.


How I Got Started - Female Hunting Panel
Ever thought of getting outdoors and enjoying the fall crisp air? Want to provide local. sustainable meat for your friends and family? Not sure how to get started? Join us for a women's hunting panel and learn how this group of ladies got started hunting. Most of us didn't start hunting as a kid, instead found our own path and are here to aid you on your journey! Sit back in the comfort of your home and join us for an engaging, interactive discussion on Wednesday, September 14, from 7-8pm.


When: September 14, 2022
Where: Zoom online webinar, link sent after registration
Registration Information:

How I Got Started - Female Hunting Panel




Learn to Hunt: Upland Birds
Join us for an evening workshop at Olofson Shooting Range in Polk City. Participants will learn strategies for upland hunting, where to hunt, practice shooting on the range and then learn how to dress, butcher and prepare wild pheasant. The event is for females, 18 and over and is $45. This event also includes two mentored hunts at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge in Prairie City, Iowa, November 19th and December 10th.


When: November 18 & 19, 2022
Where: Olofson Shooting Range
11652 NW Nissen Dr
Polk City, IA 50226
Registration Information:

Women's Learn to Hunt: Upland Birds

December BOW Box

Each box is packed full of gear, educational resources, field guides, and more for only $50.00 (including shipping and handling).

Upcoming boxes include:
September 2022 - Shooting Range


She Goes Outdoors Podcast

She Goes Outdoors has a great group of ladies talking about spending time outdoors and would love to share these conversations with you. Check out their podcast that is both educational and entertaining! 

Take me to the podcast!

Future BOW Dates

February 10 - February 12, 2023
Camp Okoboji, Milford, IA

April 2023

Rachel Alliss at 515-729-6037 or

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