Becoming an Outdoors-Woman in Winter

2017 BOW Winter Workshop
This one-day event was held on February 25, 2017 at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness, NH. This workshop focuses on winter outdoor skills. Check back late December 2017 or early January 2018 for the 2018 Winter BOW dates and information.


Slide shows have been posted of the 2008 Snowmobiling workshop, photos by Tim Acerno; Snowshoeing workshop, photos by Pam Riel; Shoe and Shoot workshop, photos by Tom Flynn, Ice Fishing workshop, photos by Sandy Falicon and Registration and Wrap up.

Women who want to learn outdoor skills like ice-fishing or snowshoeing can sign up for a day long workshop offered jointly by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and the New Hampshire Wildlife Federation.

Participants focus on learning one skill during the workshop. Choices include ice-fishing; winter outdoor survival skills; basic snowshoeing and tracking; and 'Shoe and Shoot, which combines snowshoeing and target shooting.

DISCOUNTED FEE FOR WOMEN AGES 18-25:$25. Please include a copy of your drivers license when registering.
The regular workshop costs $55 (includes box lunch). Participants must be at least 18 years old. A registration form and course descriptions will be available at after registration opens in January or call (603) 271-3212 to request an application by mail.
REGISTRATION CONFIRMATION: Upon being registered, you will be sent a written confirmation that you have been accepted to the program, along with an information packet (directions to Owl Brook and a list of what to bring). Space is limited - please do not assume you have been accepted to the program because you have submitted a registration form - you will receive a written confirmation. If the program is full, your name will be put on a waiting list until February 10, 20117. If no space becomes available, your registration fee will be returned to you at that time.

CANCELLATION POLICY: If you cancel by February 10, 2017, you will receive a full refund.
Registrants who do not attend and who do not cancel by February 10, 2017, will be assessed the full program fee. You may send a substitute in your place - please notify Kim Proulx by February 10th.

CHECK-IN TIME: Please arrive between 8:00-8:30 am to check in. Welcome begins at 8:30, classes begin promptly at 9:00 am.

CLOTHING: You will start your day inside, but classes will be held outdoors for most of the day, so plan accordingly. Participants MUST bring warm, waterproof clothing and footwear suitable for winter conditions.

BOW MERCHANDISE: T-shirts, embroidered fleece vests, embroidered fleece pullovers and caps will be available for purchase. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted.

FEE: $55.00

DISCOUNTED FEE FOR WOMEN AGES 18-25: $25. N.H. BOW is offering a special fee for women
ages 18-25. Please include a copy of your driver’s license with your registration form and check.
Fee includes instruction in all sessions, program materials, use of demonstration equipment and lunch. FEE DUE WITH REGISTRATION. Registration opens on January 7, 2017 – Register early!

DIRECTIONS: Owl Brook Hunter Education Center is located on Perch Pond Road (off Rte. 175) in Holderness, NH. Detailed directions will be included in your registration packet or you can download them from Fish and Game's website:

INCLEMENT WEATHER: Winter BOW is postponed only in the event of a major storm, if we determine that it is too hazardous to travel. You can get information regarding postponement by calling (603) 536-3954. Postponement will be decided by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, February 24. If the February 25 program is postponed, the planned snow date is February 26, 2017.

NOTE: Equipment for all courses will be provided by the instructors, unless stated otherwise.

"Women have loads of fun and want to have outdoor skills so they can spend enjoyable time outdoors with their families -- or on their own - during New Hampshire's long winters," said Laura Ryder, program leader for hunter and aquatic education at Fish and Game.

Co-sponsored by the N.H. Fish and Game Department and the N.H. Wildlife Federation

The N.H. Wildlife Federation is a nonprofit group that advocates for the promotion and protection of hunting, fishing and trapping, as well as the conservation of fish and wildlife habitat. Visit

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats. Visit

NOTE TO MEDIA: A selection of photos from previous winter Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshops may be downloaded from