Becoming an Outdoors-Woman

What is BOW?

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. 

You can also get to know BOW through our Facebook Page (please like us!):  Arizona Becoming an Outdoors Woman.

Sponsored by Arizona Wildlife Federation    

2023 BOW Weekends

All BOW events will follow the current CDC's recommendations for preventing the spread of Covid-19 

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January 20-22: Oracle, Triangle Y


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April 28-30: Prescott, Friendly Pines

June 23-25: Off the Grid Camping 103, Camp Raymond

September 8-10: Prescott, Friendly Pines

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The Arizona Wildlife Federation (AWF) conducts Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW ®) twice a year at Friendly Pines Camp outside Prescott, AZ in the spring and early fall. 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 in the BOW Class Descriptions.

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

BOW Participants from September 2022.

“I just wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU ALL at BOW for such a wonderful experience. I thoroughly enjoyed learning and participating in activities at Friendly Pine Prescott. I could sense that it would be an amazing adventure. I look forward to sharing this event with other women!" - BOW Participant


You can apply for scholarships using the Scholarship Application Form.  Scholarship Applications are due 45 days before the first day of BOW camp.

If you would like to help send another worthy woman to BOW please consider 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 480-201-7456 for more information.


Opportunities Beyond Your BOW Experience

We are grateful to have amazing instructors, partners and sponsors who can help you explore more outdoors opportunities beyond BOW.

Interested in Becoming a BOW Instructor?

Let's see if you're a good fit:

  • Are you well versed in an outdoor activity as either a pro or an avid amateur?
  • Are you comfortable speaking  to an audience of adult women?
  • Can you leave politics and your personal biases at home?
  • Can you teach in a hands-on, fun, non-threatening manner?

If so, then we have a great volunteer opportunity for you! Please contact us at with a little about you and what you would like to teach.

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