Registration deadline is Sept. 7 for Delaware’s 2018 Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program, a weekend offering expert introduction to various traditional outdoor sports and recreational activities set for Sept. 28-30 at Cape Henlopen State Park, 15099 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes.

The 2018 event marks the 20th year Delaware has hosted the program, sponsored by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Fish & Wildlife.

BOW offers 1.5-hour and 3.5-hour courses taught by volunteer instructors who share their expertise and provide instruction in a safe, supportive and non-competitive atmosphere. The cost of participating in the full BOW weekend is $160, which includes meals, lodging, instruction and use of necessary equipment and supplies. The cost of participating in Sept. 29-only BOW courses is $100, all-inclusive.

Participants can choose from a wide range of hands-on courses during each of the sessions. Included are boating safety, building a bluebird nest box, campfire cooking, cold war bike tour, deer and furbearer biology, firearms cleaning and maintenance, “Fire It Up!” — building a campfire and making fire starters — archery, birding, shotgun, kayaking, native landscaping for birds, outdoor photography, overnight hike, paddleboarding, rain barrel building and water quality, saltwater fishing by boat, seining the bay, surf fishing, tree identification and a “Wild Edibles Walk.”

A specialty course offered this year at BOW is a mentored crossbow deer hunt. The course involves learning how to safely use a crossbow, participation in a hunter safety course, and taking part in a mentored deer hunt at Cape Henlopen State Park. Participants in the hunt are required to have a Delaware hunting license and hunter education certification prior to the event. Each hunter will be partnered with a mentor who will guide them during the managed hunt.

BOW registrations must be received by Sept. 7, with registration packets available at Send completed registration forms with payment to: Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife — BOW, 2992 Lighthouse Road, Milford, DE 19963.

For more, call 422-1329 or email

Scholarships are available for the state’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman event through the Delaware Friends of BOW. To apply, candidates should complete the BOW scholarship application form at Once completed, scholarship application forms should be sent to Delaware Friends of BOW, 410 Cornish Road, Harrington, DE 19952.

The main goal of the BOW program is to provide women the opportunity to learn skills that encourage and enhance participation in outdoor activities, such as hunting, shooting, fishing, boating and other activities.