Ladies converge on Custer State Park to become outdoor women - KOTA Territory News

Ladies converge on Custer State Park to become outdoor women


It's a reunion in its 21st year.  And, for Skip Meisenheimer, Becoming an Outdoor Woman (BOW) is a chance to teach others her passion: archery.  

"It's so important because as women we cannot pull the poundage that men do.   We cannot pull our husbands or our boyfriends bow.   We're not built like men - and we don't want to be built like men - that's why we're women," said Meisenheimer. 

This year was the first time Paula Siemonsma of Sioux Falls has shot a bow, even though its her fifth year at BOW.  

"It's a lot easier than I thought, definitely," said Siemonsma. 

Why does she keep coming back? 

"A lot of us keep in touch on Facebook, and so we all know that we were coming here again.   It's super fun to see old friends and make new ones," said Siemonsma.

Camaraderie is a big part of this annual event.  The other part is girl power.  From shooting pistols, shotguns and rifles to fly fishing, canoeing, and photography - the opportunity to dabble in the outdoors runs the gamut.  And, these women will tell you, it's not as difficult as it may seem.  

"It's actually pretty easy.   You layer white bread, shrimp, butter and grated cheese," said Susie Patrick Tschetter. 

Dutch Oven Cooking class, taught by the Patrick sisters, is a must at BOW.  In fact, Susie Patrick Tschetter took her first class at BOW in 1997 and is now an instructor.  

"I think that's what amazes these girls is that they come and they don't know anything about it and they think it's very complicated and they leave this class and they say, 'well, I can do that,'" said Tschetter. 

But, if you ask any of these women which is their favorite, the answer is something like this: 

"That's a hard question," said Nancy Fisher of Crawford, Nebraska.


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