Winter BOW

A ONE-DAY WINTER WORKSHOP WILL BE HELD ON

February 26, 2022 • 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

at the N.H. Fish and Game Department’s

Owl Brook Hunter Education Center – Holderness, NH

Participants must be 18 or older


Course Descriptions

A. ICE FISHING FUN: Experience the excitement of ice fishing, one of New Hampshire’s most popular winter activities. Come prepared to spend the day on the ice – drilling holes, dropping lines, and catching fish – as you learn about techniques, equipment, and safety. We’ll have a variety of ice fishing shelters for you to try out and warm up in! *Please note: Participants in the Ice Fishing class will meet at Owl Brook in the morning for check-in and raffle activities, and then we are asking participants to take personal vehicles a short distance to the fishing location for the class (13 minutes / 6.9 miles from Owl Brook).*

B. SNOWSHOEING AND WINTER TRACKING: This beginner course will introduce you to basic tracking and common wildlife you might see while snowshoeing in New Hampshire. We’ll talk about different types of snowshoes, how to choose the right snowshoes for your needs, how to put them on, and how to maneuver in the woods. You will also learn what items to bring on a winter hike. Then, strap on your snowshoes as we search for signs of wildlife and learn the art of wildlife tracking. *We will have snowshoes available to borrow, but please bring your own if you can.*

C. WINTER SURVIVAL: Shake away your fears of being outdoors in the winter! You will learn how to dress properly for winter conditions, stay warm, and use basic survival techniques. Most of the day will be spent outside. You will use various methods to build survival shelters, start a fire, and signal for help. Dress to be outdoors for the day.

D. SHOE AND SHOOT: Are you ready to try the exciting sport of snowshoe biathlon? This course combines snowshoeing and target shooting. No firearms experience is necessary. You will begin your day at the center’s shooting range, where basic safety and techniques for rifle shooting will be taught. Then snowshoe your way along a non-competitive woodland course set up with targets. A .22 caliber firearm will be provided. Prerequisite: Basic snowshoeing experience is required, and participants must provide their own snowshoes. *Prerequisite: Basic snowshoeing experience is required. Participants must provide their own snowshoes.*

Important BOW Registration Information

REGISTRATION ONLINE ONLY: Registration fee is $80 per person. Participants may choose from one of four full-day course options. If the course you want is full, check back often to see if spaces have opened up through cancellations. Registration closes on January 31, 2022.

REGISTRATION CONFIRMATION: Upon being registered, you will be sent an email confirmation with additional information (directions to Owl Brook, an itinerary, and a list of what to bring).  

CANCELLATION POLICY: If you cancel by February 8, 2022, you will receive a full refund. Registrants who do not attend and who do not cancel by this date will not receive a refund. You may send a substitute in your place; please advise us if you choose to do this by February 8, 2022, by calling (603) 271-0495 or by emailing nhbow@wildlife.nh.gov.

CHECK-IN TIME: Please arrive between 8:00–8:30 a.m. to check in. Each participant will be required to sign photo release and liability forms. Welcome begins at 8:30 a.m. and classes begin promptly at 9:00 a.m.

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

FEE: Includes instruction in all sessions, program materials, use of demonstration equipment, and lunch.  

BOW MERCHANDISE: T-shirts, hats, and embroidered clothing will be available for purchase. Cash, checks, and credit cards accepted.

RAFFLE: You will have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for $1 each or 25 for $20. You could win outdoor gear and other great prizes. Cash, checks, and credit cards accepted.

DIRECTIONS: Owl Brook Hunter Education Center is located at 387 Perch Pond Road (off Route 175) in Holderness, NH. Detailed directions will be included in your registration confirmation email or visit: https://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/hunting/owl-brook-directions.html

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) 536-1290. Postponement will be decided by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, February 25. If the February 26 program is postponed, the planned snow date is February 27, 2022.  

EQUIPMENT: Gear for all courses will be provided, unless stated otherwise. Bringing a water bottle is encouraged. Dress for the elements.

QUESTIONS: Send us a message at nhbow@wildlife.nh.gov.


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

New Hampshire Fish and Game Department  

11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301 • (603) 271-3212 • wildnh.com

New Hampshire Wildlife Federation  

 54 Portsmouth St., Concord, NH 03301 • (603) 224-5953 • nhwf.org