Courses offered for women to learn outdoor skills

Submitted by the N.H. Fish and Game Department

CONCORD – New Hampshire’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program is offering an exciting lineup of courses in 2016 for women interested in learning outdoor skills.

Application forms and brochures are published at when registration opens. Sign up as soon as possible after registration opens as these courses fill quickly.

New Hampshire Becoming an Outdoors-Woman programs are sponsored by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and the New Hampshire Wildlife Federation. Participants must be age 18 or older.

BOW Wilderness Survival: June 4 at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness. Learn how to handle an emergency and survive in the outdoors. You’ll gain tips on what to do if you are lost, how to build a shelter, make a fire, signal for help, and purify water, as well as what to take along in your survival kit. This course is taught by N.H. Fish and Game conservation officers. $55. Registration opens April 25.

BOW Intermediate Fly Fishing Weekend: June 24-26 at Coleman Estates, Coleman State Park, Stewartstown. This weekend is a chance for women who have basic fly-fishing skills to become independent fly-anglers. Learn the finer points of casting, reading the water, picking a fly and landing a fish. Participants bring their own fly-rod. $275. Registration opens May 9.

BOW Fall Weekend: Sept. 9-11 at Rockywold-Deephaven Camps in Holderness. This is NH BOW’s biggest event of the year. Participants choose four workshops to take during the weekend. Topics include fishing, shooting sports, hiking, outdoor cooking, hunting, map and compass, kayaking and more. $335. Registration opens June 6.

Deer Hunting Basics: Oct. 1 at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness. If you are a woman thinking about hunting the elusive whitetail deer, this introductory workshop is for you! Learn the seasonal habits of deer, hunting techniques, how to identify sign, game recovery, and choices of firearms. $55. Registration opens August 15.

Navigational Workshop: October 15 at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness. Learn how to navigate in the woods, use a compass, read a topographic map and use the map and compass together. Also covers use of simple hand-held GPS unit. Compare the two methods of navigation on a moderate woods course. $55. Registration opens Aug. 29.