Becoming an Outdoors-Woman 


2016 BOW will be at C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center in Ferndale on
Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2016.

Class details and registration information will be posted June 1. Registration is currently closed.



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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 2016 BOW workshop will be held Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2016.

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.

Program Staff

Name | Title:Sarah Baxter | Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program Coordinator
Address:2 Natural Resources Drive, Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone | Email:501-978-7366 | Email

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.


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.
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
Come out and enjoy an outdoor cooking tradition. Workshop participants will go beyond the basics of Dutch oven cooking, to stacking ovens, cooking game, making a box oven, and more. Come hungry so you can taste-test all you cook!
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!
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.
Becoming an Outdoors-Family
Learn simple ways to introduce your children to the outdoors, and make outdoors activities together a part of your family’s weekend routine. We’ll also incorporate technology and hands-on activities that are sure to keep the attention of today’s kids.
Basic Trapping
Learn the basics of furbearer trapping; the rules and regulations of trapping, equipment needed, trap preparation, how to make sets for “critters”, and what to do with your catch. This is a hands-on class so participants should be prepared to dig in the dirt. All equipment will be provided.
Wildlife Habitats
This workshop will provide an introduction to the wildlife you may find as close as your backyard or elsewhere in The Natural State! Wildlife habitats and needs, along with habitat management practices that can be used by landowners, emphasizing habitat restoration and maximizing wildlife viewing will be explored.
Advanced Dutch Oven
We’ll go beyond the basics in this class, to stacking ovens and cooking wild game. Come hungry so you can taste-test all you cook!
With some knowledge and the right gear, you can sleep outdoors and enjoy it! Class covers gear, water, food, bugs and safety in established campgrounds and in the wilderness.