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Registration for spring BOW workshop opens January 9

Silhouette of a hunter aiming at birds against an evening sunset.

The State of Alabama is offering another round of its popular Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) training. Registration for the next workshop will opens on January 9 for first-time attendees and January 15 for both first-timers and those who have previously attended. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) sponsors the event, which takes place at the 4-H Center near Columbiana on March 1-3, 2019.

If participants purchase an Alabama resident hunting, fishing or wildlife heritage license prior to registration they will receive a $25 discount on their BOW registration. The discount is for online registration only. To receive the discount, enter your current license number when registering for spring BOW. You must purchase a license prior to BOW registration to receive the discount. Nonresidents can also receive the discount with the purchase of a Wildlife Management Area license or any nonresident license.

BOW is a three-day workshop designed for women ages 18 years or older who would like to learn new outdoor skills. The workshop offers hands-on instruction in a fun, outdoor learning environment. Participants choose from courses such as rifle, pistol, archery, fishing, camping, hiking, canoeing, mountain biking, and many more.
BOW coordinator Hope Grier said that the classes offer basic outdoor skills training.
“There are many ladies who have not been exposed to these outdoor activities and are apprehensive about trying them,” Grier said. “BOW is ideal for those women because everything is taught at a beginner level.”

The registration fee of $275 covers meals, dormitory-style lodging, program materials and instruction. Those interested in attending are encouraged to register as soon as possible because enrollment is limited and classes will fill up fast.

Purchase a license prior to registration and receive a $25 discount

The purchase of a hunting, fishing or wildlife heritage license not only provides you with a discount on BOW registration, that money is federally matched nearly three-to-one through the Pittman-Robertson Act and the Sport Fish Restoration Act funding. Those funds are then used to support conservation efforts in Alabama such as the operation and maintenance of the state’s Wildlife Management Area system and State Public Fishing Lakes, providing technical assistance to landowners for the improvement of freshwater fish and wildlife habitats and populations, operation of the state’s Nongame Wildlife Program, providing conservation law enforcement, and much more.

For more information on the BOW workshop including the class schedule go to: or call Hope Grier at 334-242-3620.

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You may view photos of past BOW workshops by visiting Outdoor Alabama’s Flickr at:

Alabama hunting, fishing or wildlife heritage licenses are available at various retailers throughout the state or online here.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through four divisions: Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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