Becoming an Outdoors-Woman 

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Program Overview

"Becoming an Outdoors-Woman" is an outdoors skills workshop for women. The objective is to provide a supportive atmosphere where women can have fun learning skills that will enhance their enjoyment of Arkansas’s outdoors.

This workshop is for you if:
  • You have never tried these activities, but have hoped for an opportunity to learn.
  • You are a beginner who wants to learn and improve your skills.
  • You know how to do some of the activities and wanted to try some new ones.
  • You are looking for the camaraderie of like-minded individuals.

Any woman 18 and older is welcome to join the workshop, whether you’ve never participated in an outdoors pursuit or are a veteran outdoorsperson looking for your next challenge. Space is limited, and spots are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.


Workshop Date and Location

The 2014 BOW workshop will be held September 12-14, 2014. 

The workshop is held at the C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center located about 15 miles west of Little Rock. The workshop begins with check-in starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, and ends with lunch at noon on Sunday. Participants will pick four classes, one on Friday afternoon, Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. 
 

Register for BOW

A maximum of 135 women will be allowed to register. Women who are signing up for their first BOW program will receive priority.

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Workshop Class Descriptions

Basic firearm safety

This class will cover types of firearms, firearm safety, firearm purchasing and how to care for firearms. This class does not include shooting and is a pre-requisite for anyone who has not had hunter education to register for any of the shooting classes.

Rifle marksmanship
Learn shooting techniques and shooting stances with small, .22 rifles. Then shoot a variety of other rifles. Participants must have a valid Hunter Education Card or have attended basic firearm safety.
Shotgun basics

This class will teach you shotgun techniques with an emphasis on hunting and shooting sports. There will be plenty of shooting practice at clay targets on the shotgun range. Participants must have a valid Hunter Education Card or have attended basic firearm safety.

Archery

This class will teach you archery techniques for target shooting and bow hunting. You will learn about all types of bows, arrows and the latest archery equipment. Participants will have an opportunity for lots of hands-on bow shooting at an archery range.

Stream ecology

You’ll gather all sorts of invertebrates and learn why they are important to good water quality. This hands-on class will take you to the water and teach you what sort of critters live in our streams. Bring your water shoes and wading clothes for the fun.

Basic fly-casting
Fly-casting is the heart and soul of fly-fishing. Instructors will teach fundamentals of the basic “Pick-Up and Lay-Down,” as well as the “Roll Cast.” The class is required if you plan to participate in the “basic fly-fishing” class.
Basic fly-fishing
This is the class where the fly-fishing magic happens. You will learn why fly-fishing is one of the most effective and fun ways to catch fish. Also, we will cover what fish eat and what flies to use to imitate the food - all while on the water.
Basic fly-tying
Once you have learned the basic fly-tying steps, with a bit of practice you can tie just about any fly that exists. We’ll take a step-by-step approach to teach you these basic techniques and a hands-on session tying three flies you will fish with.
Basic fishing
Get hooked with hands-on instruction on choosing fishing equipment as well as landing the fish. Learn types of equipment, knot tying, choosing bait and loading a reel. Lots of on-lake fishing time using spinning rods and bait-casting equipment. All equipment provided but participants can bring their own tackle.
Introduction to scuba diving
Bring your swimsuit and learn if this underwater sport is for you. Learn in the classroom and in the pool. The exciting world of watchable wildlife below the surface of our clear lakes and rivers is waiting to be explored. All equipment provided.
Outdoor survival skills
Learn how to take care of yourself and others while enjoying the outdoors. Learn techniques that could save your life or the lives of others.
Turkey hunting 101
Keep calm and call on! This class includes information about turkey hunting season, regulations, habitat, scouting techniques, equipment and how to use turkey calls.
All about hummingbirds
Learn how to increase the chances of hummingbirds visiting your backyard, what kinds of flowers might help, and how to tell the difference between males and females.
Map/compass/GPS
Learn how to use a GPS device to find your way. Whether hiking, camping, hunting, fishing or biking, this is an excellent course to have. All equipment provided.
Outdoor photography
Bring your camera and learn techniques for taking great shots of animals, plants and landscapes. Participants will be given time to practice what they have learned. Class will view photos and receive critiques at the end of the class.
Boating and trailering
In this class you will learn the basics of boating safety, how to back a boat trailer and how to operate various types of motorboats. You will have an opportunity to operate boats on the water and learn trailering first hand.
Dutch oven cooking
From seasoning to storing, learn how to prepare delicious recipes in this old-fashioned cooking vessel. Be prepared to not only cook all types of dishes in the Dutch Oven, but also enjoy the delectable dishes you prepare.
Nature crafts
Learn about nature while crafting some exciting take-home treasures. This is a hands-on class using nature’s gifts to make fun and exciting gifts and decorations.
Canoeing and kayaking
Learn basic paddling strokes, techniques and equipment for both the canoe and kayak. You will have an opportunity to try out your newly learned skills in both kayaks and canoes on the lake.
Bird watching
Fledgling birders will learn to improve their birding skills. From spotting birds high in the canopy, hearing a bird sing in the distance, to seeing only a bird bottom as it flies away, we will learn tips for identifying birds in real-life conditions. We will also do some birding in the field with traditional birding gear, but we will also discuss and use smartphone birding apps and learn how birding websites can enhance your birding experience. Binoculars and field guides will be provided. Bring your own smartphone or tablet if you’d like!
Pioneer woman skills
Learn the skills of the women who helped blaze the trail west. Throw the tomahawk and build a fire with flint and steel. You will also learn about trade goods and items used in that era and what it took to be a pioneer woman.
ATV rider course
This hands-on class emphasizes safety relating to riding an ATV. Learn about proper gear, environmental concerns, pre-ride inspections as well as proper maneuvers. You will learn to enjoy riding and handling an ATV.
Waterfowl 101
Learn how to use a duck call, decoys and camouflage and how to improve your chances of harvesting, viewing or photographing these magnificent birds.
Deer hunting 101
If deer hunting is new to you, this is the class to get started! Topics include: Arkansas Whitetails – regulation basics, guns and gear, tree stands, hunting strategies, where to hunt and making the kill. Also learn how to transform that deer into amazing venison recipes.
Watchable Wildlife Field Trip (All Day Saturday)
This field trip includes hiking, nature awareness, birding, animal tracks and field activities. Enjoy a sack lunch alongside Mother Nature. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing, and bring sunscreen and sunglasses. Remember to bring your binoculars and camera.
Floating and Fishing Field Trip (All Day Saturday)
Spend the day floating and fishing down the Maumelle River through beautiful cypress trees. We will float for approximately 4 miles while learning basic fishing, canoeing/kayaking safety and stream ecology. We'll also watch a demonstration on electrofishing. Wear comfortable, cool clothing that you don't mind getting dirty and fishy. You may bring your own fishing equipment, but canoes, fishing tackle and sack lunches will be provided. Don't forget your sunscreen and sunglasses.