Becoming an Outdoors Woman

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) offers hands-on workshops to women 18 and older at all fitness levels. No experience is necessary. BOW encourages a supportive environment conducive to learning, making friends, and having fun. Participants learn skills such as gun safety, shooting, angling (including fly fishing), camping, Dutch-oven cooking, map and compass reading, rappelling, geocaching, and marksmanship with rifle and bow. 


2019 Weekends

January 25-27, 2019 - Saguaro Lake Ranch, Mesa

April 12-14, 2019 - Friendly Pines Camp, Prescott

September 6-8, 2019 - Friendly Pines Camp, Prescott

The January 25-27, 2019 Deluxe BOW is full.

To be added to a wait list please call Kimberlee at 480-644-0077 or e-mail

Classes offered for this session. Click here to download Class Description

To view or print a registration for mailing  Click here to download

What is Bow

One way to understand BOW is through this YouTube video by Mike Rolfe. Also see what BOW is all about on Facebook  Arizona Becoming an Outdoors Woman

The Arizona Wildlife Federation (AWF) conducts Becoming an Outdoor Woman (BOW ®) twice a year at Friendly Pines Camp outside Prescott, AZ in the spring and late summer. AWF also hosts a Deluxe BOW in the desert at Saguaro Lake Ranch in January or February.  The three-day workshops begin at noon Friday and end shortly after noon the following Sunday.

BOW gives women (18 and older) the opportunity to learn about hunting, fishing and related activities in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Skills such as gun safety, shooting, angling (including fly fishing), camping, Dutch-oven cooking, map and compass reading, marksmanship with rifle and bow are taught.  A complete list of courses which you may find at BOW can be found at BOW Class Descriptions

In addition to the various classes, there are a number of evening events for the women to enjoy, that may include, "hawk talks", nature hikes, fashion shows, fly tying and wild game tasting. The weekend schedule would be similar to BOW Sample Schedule

Our instructors, who volunteer their time to teach these classes, are experts in their field. Some are employed in the fields they teach; others are experts in their subjects, including archery and rifle marksmanship. Still others are Arizona Game and Fish and U.S. Forest Service employees with years of experience in the flora and fauna of Arizona.

Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) is a program started by Christine Thomas, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Resource Management at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Pointe. The first BOW clinic was conducted in Wisconsin in September 1991. The Arizona workshop is part of the same curriculum and each workshop is organized with the aid of the Safari Club International of Phoenix and the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The National Wildlife Federation and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation are just two of BOW’s national supporters.  Visit the national bow site:

Be sure to visit our SPONSOR PAGE Scholarship applications for the 2019 events are as follows:

Submit between February 5-19 for the April event and between May 14-28 for the September event.

Click below for an application form.
BOW Scholarship Application 2019

Read a testimonial from a previous recipient HERE and a August 2010 BOW Scholarship Recipient Letter.

You can help send another worthy woman to BOW by donating toward our scholarship fund.  Either send a check to the AWF office, writing “BOW Scholarship” in the memo, or click on the “Donation” button below.  When completing the payment screen just indicate the Sandra Nagiller Fund for the purpose.

Contact BOW via e-mail at or call (480)644-0077 for more information

Opportunities Beyond Your BOW Experience

"The Arizona Wildlife Federation does not offer a Beyond BOW ™
program at this time.  Meanwhile, links to our instructors, partners and sponsors are posted for you to explore the various opportunities they offer."