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BOW: Becoming an Outdoors-Woman

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program is designed to introduce women to outdoor skills. The BOW program provides participants with information, encouragement and hands-on instruction in outdoor skills such as fishing, shooting, archery, map & compass, survival, canoeing and outdoor cooking.

A BOW 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 enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded individuals and you seek time away to reconnect with nature.

BOW offers partial scholarships for women aged 18 years and older who are full-time residents of Montana and who have not previously attended a BOW event. These scholarships enable women to participate in BOW who otherwise may not be able to afford the full registration fee. Recipients may receive only one scholarship in a lifetime. Contact the BOW Coordinator if you are seeking a partial scholarship.

  • BOW Purple Logo
  • BOW group with sign
  • 2 ladies eating berries
  • 4 ladies ready for a hike
  • 2 women building bird houses
  • A bunch of ladies on bikes
  • Archery instruction
  • Women on a large boulder
  • Woman with a horse
  • Woman with a large fish she just caught, ice fishing
  • Woman studying maps
  • Woman shooting at a shooting range, with an instructor
  • Women painting
  • Woman very proud of her target
  • 2 women in a canoe


Summer BOW Workshop

The health and safety of our participants and volunteers is, and always will be, our top priority. Due to concerns with COVID-19, we are canceling the 2020 Summer BOW workshop in Red Lodge, MT. We will miss seeing you at this event, but we will look forward to Summer BOW at the Arrow Peak Lodge out of Great Falls, MT, August 13-15, 2021.

We hope to offer smaller Beyond BOW classes again later in the summer and will update you as opportunities become available. Thank you all for your support of this program and I hope you continue to get outside and enjoy Montana.

Bowhunting 101

Saturday February 29, Missoula, MT

If you are interested in bowhunting, then this is the workshop for you! Join our knowledgeable instructors for an introduction to bowhunting where we will talk about why we hunt, the realities of bowhunting, hunting licenses and laws, bows and arrows, hunting equipment and gear, calling, wilderness preparedness, physical fitness, and how to find places to hunt.

See registration form for more details. Cost is $5 and registration is required. Call Sara at (406) 444-5280 with questions.

Contact Us

For further information on Becoming an Outdoors Woman visit the national BOW website. If you are interested in information on the next the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop in Montana, contact:

  • Becoming an Outdoors-Woman
  • Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks
  • P.O. Box 200701
  • Helena, MT 59620-0701
  • Sara Smith
  • Montana BOW Coordinator
  • (406) 444-5280
  • Email