MNR cancels this winter’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program in the Upper Peninsula

MARQUETTE COUNTY, Michigan (WLUC) – This winter’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) weekend program scheduled for February 25-27, 2022 in Marquette County has been canceled due to an increase in cases of Michigan coronavirus, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced Monday.

This winter was to mark the 21st Annual BOW Winter Gathering for women 18+ looking for an opportunity to improve their outdoor skills in a relaxed, non-competitive atmosphere.

“Unfortunately, we have decided to cancel the very popular BOW Winter Weekend we had planned for February in Big Bay,” said Michelle Zellar, BOW Program Coordinator. “We had reached our maximum number of registrations and still had a waiting list of more than four dozen potential participants.”

Health experts predict that the current surge in coronavirus cases across the state is not expected to subside until mid-March. The health and safety of participants, instructors and volunteers is the top priority of the DNR BOW program.

“We don’t believe we can responsibly house and feed participants in close quarters with this latest surge in coronavirus cases,” said John Pepin, co-administrator of the BOW program in the DNR’s executive division. “Previously scheduled, upcoming Beyond BOW events – held outdoors with no overnight accommodations and smaller numbers – are still on schedule, including a sunrise snowshoe hike, snacks to make yourself and a spring turkey hunt in May.”

Pepin said they are in the process of determining dates and location for the next BOW Weekend Gathering which is expected to take place in late summer or early fall.

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The BOW Winter Weekend Program typically offers instruction in more than two dozen types of indoor and outdoor activities, including cross-country skiing, archery, winter camping, and construction shelter, ice fishing, fly tying, winter biking, wilderness first aid, wood burning. , snowshoeing, as well as several novelties, such as the preservation and canning of wild game.

Instructors provide basic and advanced instruction tailored to each participant‘s individual abilities. The program also includes special evening programs during the weekend.

For more information on the BOW program, contact Michelle Zellar at the MNR office in Newberry at 906-293-5131 ext. 4004, or by e-mail to [email protected].

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