Thank you Hunting Wife for all this great advice! I did check out the BOW program, but its structure and cost were prohibitive. If someone would let me tag along on a hunt, I'd be grateful to learn, so I will look further and ask more about mentors at the WGFD and other places. I'm not against a male mentor, it's just more comfortable, more supportive, less, I don't know, testosterone with another woman. I did just find some good advice from Colorado Parks & Wildlife. https://cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/EHU-CH2-L09.aspx There's a lot to learn!I’m not super familiar with options in Wyoming, but I did find info for the 2021 Becoming an Outdoorswoman program. The Beyond program looks specific to hunting...that may be one option, though the deadline to apply is rapidly approaching:
If a full-on program isn’t your style, you could try calling your local Game and Fish office and see whether they have a mentorship program. Or if you have a local sportsmen’s group, you could attend some meetings and try to meet some other like-minded folks to see if you hit it off with someone who might be willing to take you out or even let you tag along. Honestly, I tagged along with my future-hubby and FIL for a couple of years before I actually had a tag of my own, and learned plenty just by observing. Plus it might let you feel out whether this person might be a good teacher for you.
It’s not always easy to find mentors, but I think it’s even harder to find female mentors. I would not count out the guys. Finding a hunting partner in any capacity that you get along with and trust is hard in my experience. Don’t give up.