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November 28, 2006

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Discussion Topic: Can Women Secure Hunting’s Future?

While overall hunter numbers have been down in recent years, the number of female hunters is fast on the rise. This from Reuters:
One recent study by the National Sporting Goods Association estimates more than 3 million women now hunt, accounting for about 16 percent of the nearly 21 million active hunters in the United States.

The study, which covered 2001 to 2005, found that 2.4 million women hunted with firearms in 2005, up 72 percent from 2001. Fifty percent more are target shooting, while the number of women bow-hunters has grown 176 percent to 786,000.

The fastest-growing age groups are women aged 18 to 24, followed by those aged 35 to 44.

Have you noticed more women in the field? How important do you think female hunters are to the future of the sport?

Comments

J.T.

I have to admit that I have not personally noticed an increase in the number of women hunters, but it great that their participation is on the upswing. And whether this trend will help ensure a healthy future for our sport or not, any and all new hunters should be welcomed with open arms.

Hunter Ed

Where I grew up, women were almost as likely to hunt as men. My buddy's mom was the one who took us hunting for the first time. I think it's especially good for hunting's future when both mom and dad are into the outdoors; it's bound to increase the likelihood that their kids will hunt, too.

Brian

I hunt flatlands and mountains, the areas are about 3 hours apart. I don't notice "increase" but there are many more women and youngsters hunting in my mountain region. Yes, the more the merrier. Those girls are self-confident, pleasant and some are downright charming.

Pete Joleson

As Brian puts it, who's going to turn away self-confident, pleasant, and downright charming women?
Seriously, it's a great trend, and I hope it continues.

Pete Joleson

As Brian puts it, who's going to turn away self-confident, pleasant, and downright charming women?
Seriously, it's a great trend, and I hope it continues.

Kristine Shreve

I've just recently become interested in hunting and will be starting shooting lessons soon. I think it is great that more women are hunting and that we are hearing more about it. Women who already hunt are great mentors for those of us who are considering taking it up.

Brian

Welcome to the field, Kristine. I wish you well with the tasty animals. Guys are expected to (at least) field-dress their own kills. Women who do that are very much admired, even when they'll work in front of the truck headlights to get it finished.




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