The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife will host its annual Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) Introductory Skills Weekend Friday, Sept. 17 through Sunday, Sept. 19 at Camp Caribou on Pattee Pond.

Registrations still are being accepted. No previous experience is required. A brochure and the registration form are posted online at mainebow.com. For more information, contact BOW Coordinator Emily Jones at 287-8069 or e-mail her at emily.jones@maine.gov.

The workshop is directed to women ages 18 and older interested in gaining or improving their skills in hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation in a safe and comfortable environment.

The weekend workshop provides participants with the opportunity to try a variety of outdoor activities under the supervision of experienced instructors and registered guides. The cost is $225 and covers everything — food, lodging, all equipment and the opportunity to learn. Partial scholarships are available based on need. Participants stay in heated bunk-style cabins, and meals are served cafeteria-style in the main lodge.

Some of the 36 instruction courses offered over the three days include: canoeing, kayaking, outdoor survival, firearms use and range safety, skeet shooting, fly casting, knot tying, GPS, map and compass, archery, trapping, bow hunting, trip planning, outdoor cooking, ropes course, forest ecology, planting for wildlife, basic fishing and biking.

A complete Hunter Safety Certification Course is available as a course strand for the weekend. Participants in Hunter Safety take four required classes with additional night instruction and a Sunday afternoon final test.

The national Becoming an Outdoors Woman program began in 1991 when it was first offered at the University of Wisconsin after a study there concluded that women preferred to learn hunting, fishing and outdoor skills in a non-competitive atmosphere with other women.

More than 80 women, ranging in age from 18 to more than 60, attend Maine BOW’s Introductory Skills Weekend each year.

VillageSoup sports staff can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at sports@villagesoup.com.