Women’s participation in hunting and fishing in America is growing rapidly, fueled in large part by their desire for healthy, free-range meat and outdoor activities that can include the whole family.

But women’s participation still lags behind men’s. California Waterfowl’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program helps address that deficit with a wide variety of events for novice outdoorswomen in supportive environments, as well as events for women of all experience levels.

For novice events, gear – including firearms – is provided. The camradery happens all on its own!

Three women prepare for a pheasant hunt with California Waterfowl.

 

Women watch a duck-fileting demo

Participants in the Novice Women’s Duck Hunt learn to filet a duck.

Practical skills

A successful hunt or fishing trip is just the beginning; what do you do once you have the fish, duck or wild boar in hand? BOW knows women want answers to that question, so our workshops and hunts place a heavy emphasis on learning how to process and cook game.

We also address issues such as how to choose a shotgun, and where to find women’s outdoor clothing and gear.

Equally important: Participants and instructors stay connected with one another long after the events where they meet, forming a network of hunting and fishing buddies to last a lifetime. For many women, these networks are the hunting family they never had.

If you have questions, please contact Jeff Smith, CWA’s Hunting and Education Programs Supervisor at (530) 305-9234 or jsmith@calwaterfowl.org.

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WOMEN’S EVENTS AND CLASSES

Women’s Multi-Course Workshop (3-day)

*CANCELLED FOR 2020 DUE TO COVID-19*

This is the workshop that has come to define BOW – a three-day extravaganza of outdoor skills and camaraderie. The camp generally includes:

  • Hunter education
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Boating
  • Archery
  • Firearms
  • Leather work
  • Horseback riding
  • Canning
  • Ropes Course
More Info here

Women’s Shooting Clinic and Sporting Clays (1-day)

*CANCELLED FOR 2020 DUE TO COVID-19*

  • Held each spring at CWA’s Grizzly Ranch in Solano County
  • All experience levels welcome
  • Ages 13 and up welcome!
  • Guns, ammunition, targets, and ear and eye protection are provided
  • Shotgun, rifle and archery taught by trained instructors
  • More experienced shooters can try our challenging clays course (50- or 100-target packages)
  • Includes lunch and wild-game tasting

After this event has concluded, there are three more fun shoots (two open to all, one for veterans) at Grizzly Ranch this year – and you can bring menfolk!

 

Women’s Spring Fly Fishing Retreat (3-day)

*CANCELLED FOR 2020 DUE TO COVID-19*

 

  • NEW-2020 Veterans scholarship available
  • Annual event
  • Held at GreenHorn Creek Guest Ranch in Quincy
  • Luxury weekend includes all gear, instruction, food and lodging in the Sierras
  • Learn fly fishing skills, great for novices or intermediate fisher-women
  • Fish some of the best waters in California

Women’s SF Bay Pot Luck Fishing Trip (1-day)

*CANCELLED FOR 2020 DUE TO COVID-19*

  • Annual Event
  • California Dawn excursion on San Francisco Bay (launching out of Berkeley Marina)
  • Fishing gear provided
  • Breakfast and lunch provided, including fresh halibut ceviche
Woman showing knots she just tied

Tying knots is an essential skill in fly fishing.

Women’s Fall Fly Fishing Retreat-NEW (3-day)

October 30-November 1 2020

  • NEW event
  • Held at GreenHorn Creek Guest Ranch in Quincy
  • Luxury weekend includes all gear, instruction, food and lodging in the Sierras
  • Learn fly fishing skills, great for novices or intermediate fisher-women
  • Fish some of the best waters in California

Taking deposits for Fall

*CANCELLED FOR 2020 DUE TO COVID-19*

Women’s Pheasant Camp

*CANCELLED FOR 2020 DUE TO COVID-19*

  • Held at Birds Landing in Solano County each September
  • Gear provided
  • Overnight lodging optional
  • Complete hunter ed
  • Get shooting instruction
  • Hunting license included
  • Go on your first hunt

Looking for more Hunter Ed events? Click here.

Registration opens July 2020

Pheasant Camp – 

*CANCELLED FOR 2020 DUE TO COVID-19*

  • Held at Birds Landing in Solano County each September
  • Gear provided
  • Overnight lodging optional
  • Complete hunter ed
  • Get shooting instruction
  • Hunting license included
  • Go on your first hunt

 

Women’s Pheasant Hunt (1-day hunt)

*CANCELLED FOR 2020 DUE TO COVID-19*

  • Morning hunt at Hastings Island Hunting Preserve in Solano County
  • Mentors/guides provided for novice hunters
  • Lunch included
  • Afternoon trap shoot

 

Women’s Duck Camp (3-day) – Upper Butte Basin

*CANCELLED FOR 2020 DUE TO COVID-19*

  • For women who are already licensed, but have hunted ducks 0-5 times
  • November 2020 Workshop and hunt in the Upper Butte Basin
  • Lodging at Bird Haven/Casa de Patos
  • Shooting instruction and sessions on duck calling, duck ID, duck plucking, duck processing and duck cooking
  • Hunt in pairs at one of three prestigious clubs: Little Dry Creek Farm, Closed Zone Farms or Mom’s

 

2020-21 Women’s Waterfowl Hunts – Butte Sink 

*CANCELLED FOR 2020 DUE TO COVID-19*

  • All-level general waterfowl hunt for women
  • Individuals will hunt either Sanborn Slough or Butte Creek Island Ranch
  • Hunt in pairs across natural marsh in  pit blinds
  • Food and lodging are included
  • Expert mentors provided for novice hunters

Novice Women’s Duck Camp (3-day) – Grizzly Ranch

*CANCELLED FOR 2020 DUE TO COVID-19*

  • For women who are already licensed, but have hunted ducks 0-5 times
  • Workshop and two hunts in the Suisun Marsh
  • Lodging at Grizzly Ranch
  • Shooting instruction and sessions on duck calling, duck ID, duck plucking, duck processing and duck cooking
  • Hunt in pairs on two mornings, Saturday and Sunday
  • Participants are only allowed to attend once

A hunter poses after a hunt with California Waterfowl.

2020-21 Women’s Waterfowl Hunts – Staten Island

*CANCELLED FOR 2020 DUE TO COVID-19*

  • All-level general waterfowl hunts for women
  • Two dates to choose from: Dec 18-19, 2020 and Jan 29-30 2021
  • Individuals may participate in one of the two hunts
  • Hunt in pairs across flooded corn fields in stand up blinds
  • Food and lodging are included
  • Expert mentors provided for novice hunters
  • Special sandhill crane viewing and talk with each hunt

Two women smile after a hunt with California Waterfowl.

2020-21 Women’s Waterfowl Hunts – Grizzly Ranch and Denverton

*CANCELLED FOR 2020 DUE TO COVID-19*

  • All-level general waterfowl hunts for women
  • Hunt in singles or pairs in pit blinds across well managed duck ponds
  • Two hunt dates to choose from: Dec 29-30 2020 at Grizzly Ranch, and Jan 22-23, 2021 at Denverton (individuals may attend only one of the two)
  • Food and lodging are included
  • Expert mentors provided for novice hunters
  • All equipment available to borrow