Registration Now Open For DNREC’s Becoming An Outdoors-Woman Program

Registration is now open for Delaware’s 2016 Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program, which will be held this year as two separate one-day events on Saturday, Sept. 24 at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes and Saturday, Oct. 8 at Lums Pond State Park in Bear, instead of a full-weekend event as in past years.

A variety of courses are offered at BOW, with a choice of two 1.5-hour sessions or one 3.5-hour session each morning and afternoon. Volunteer instructors provide their expertise and instruction in a safe, supportive and non-competitive atmosphere. The cost of each one-day BOW program is $75, which includes meals, instruction and use of necessary equipment and supplies.

Participants have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of hands-on courses during each of the sessions. Included are target archery, crabbing, clamming, surf fishing, fire-building, beginner shotgun, bird-watching, kayaking, fly-fishing, nature photography, camping and camp cooking, geocaching, daypacking/hiking, trapping and various other outdoor activities. Not all courses are available at both locations. Specialty courses this year at BOW include Intro to Horseback Riding at Lums Pond, and Tom, Jake, Buck & Doe: A Hunter Education Intro Course, and the Cold War Bike Tour at Cape Henlopen. Intro to Natural Resources Law Enforcement with a K-9 demonstration will be offered by DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police on both dates.

BOW is for you if:

  • You have never tried these activities but have hoped for an opportunity to learn.
  • You are a beginner who would like to improve your skills.
  • You have some experience but would like to try your hand at new activities.
  • You are just looking for camaraderie with like-minded individuals.

Registrations must be received by Friday, Sept. 9, with registration packets available online at Please send completed registration forms with payment to: Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife – BOW, 4876 Hay Point Landing Road, Smyrna, DE 19977. For more information, contact Lynne Pusey at 302-422-1329 or email:

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