By Becky McKendry
A recent survey by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service revealed that women are now the fastest growing outdoor recreation group. They now make up 27 percent of anglers.
The ongoing popularity of the international Becoming an Outdoors Woman program, known as BOW, may be partly behind this trend.
Born in 1991, the program emerged as the brainchild of a conference held at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point to identify barriers to the outdoors for women. The conference determined that limited access to outdoor education strongly hindered women from taking on activities like hunting or fishing, said BOW international director Peggy Farrell.