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Number of Female Hunters Increasing

According to a survey by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), more women, especially younger women, are participating in hunting.

The 2006 National Survey of Hunting, Fishing and Wildlife-Associated Recreation produced by the FWS indicated that while the total number of hunters decreased 11 percent between 1991 and 2006, the number of women taking to the sport is actually increasing.

Women make up about nine percent of the 12.5 million hunters in the U.S., showing a slight increase, according to the survey.

More interestingly, the survey showed that 304,000 girls ages 6 to 15 hunted from 2001 through 2006, which was a 50 percent increase over the period of 1991 through 1996.

The FWS collected data for the National Survey of Hunting, Fishing and Wildlife-Associated Recreation through the U.S. Census Bureau. This survey has been produced since 1955, and it is considered one of the most comprehensive and oldest of its kind.

This is great news! It makes me proud that I helped my wife and daughters get started in our outdoor heritage.

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We're not too far away from women being the dominant sex. Though I have no problem with women hunters or shooters. I think more young boys today get more influence from their mothers than their absent fathers anymore. With mothers these days having to teach their boys to be men. Sad state of affairs with the family structure in this country. Especially when movies, tv commercials, and the media depict men as lost idiots and men's leadership roll and fatherhood responsibility as being a secondary afterthought instead of a primary responsability. So long as I'm alive I hope to not let that occure in my home with my family.

Back on subject. I don't know about other states, but in mine the Colorado Division of Wildlife offers numerous (often free) outreach clinics, activities, hunting, and shooting opportunities for woman and children only. Seems fitting that someone else has to teach them since fewer and fewer guys are hunting these days. It used to be once upon a time that guys were the ones who taught their wives and children to hunt and shoot. It's rare to come across guys in my own age group who hunt, let alone shoot, and I'm in my mid 30's. Lets face it, this is the day of the tough-take-charge female, and they have to be because of all the passive, over-manicured, well plucked, metrosexual males today. Well I guess someone must carry on the sport and tradition.

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Very good points WesternHunter. The American family and the outdoor lifestyle appear to be fading away. It all depends on our activism.

I will certainly be the one teaching my grandchildren to hunt.....along with my daughter. My son-in-law is a city boy that has no interest whatsoever in the outdoor lifestyle. I still can't understand what my daughter ever saw in the goofy little booger. He won't even eat wild game. If it doesn't come from the grocery store, he won't eat it.

If you haven't noticed.......I can't stand my son-in-law.

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Whelland, I have a daughter-in-law like that. She won't even eat eggs from my chickens. I have no idea what my son see's in her but at least his daughter is heading toward hunting and fishing. His step son doesn't do anything that would make you sweat, hates sports, guns and fishing. He sits at home looking at his computer all day when he's not in school.

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Don wrote:
" I have no idea what my son see's in her "
If she little Sams Mom I know what he sees in her, she gorgeous, I remember the pic : Yes Yes Yes

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I recall watching an interview with Randy Weaver (yes, the one of Ruby Ridge fame). When asked about what life was like living in rural northern Idaho. He said, kids in the city grow up with basket balls and bicycles, kids who grow up in the country grow up with dogs and guns.

I think that's true of rural people regardless of what part of this country you live in. Of course I live in suburbia. I was thrilled however when one Saturday afternoon while changing my trucks engine oil, the mail carrier walks up my driveway to hand me my mail, all I got that day was American Rifleman magazine. The mail carrier commented that he's delivered mail for 20 years in various routes in my city and he delivers more American Rifleman magazines in my neighborhood than anywhere else or any other routes he as ever worked before. I believe it. I see a lot of truck in my area with NRA, Rocky Mnt Elk Foundation, and DU stickers on them. I also notice while jogging that a lot of houses in my neighborhood (when their garage doors are left open) have decoys and antlers in them. I still don't see too many homes dispalying Old Glory though.

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Where I live, women hunt and its no big deal. Some hunt on their own or with other women, but mostly they hunt with their families.

Most women are not trophy hunters, they simply hunt to put some good healthy meat on the table. Last fall as I was having my hair cut, my hairdresser, who weighs all of about 100 lbs soaking wet, matter of factly told me she's going out for her elk in the morning - by herself. She had a cow tag and didn't think anything of going out on her own. Another friend, a walking partner of mine, hunts by herself or with her son every year. Her husband has health problems and usually is unable to hunt, but she doesn't let it stop her from going anyways. I know many more women in our community that hunt.

I myself hunted with my husband and sons for years. As the boys got older and both wanted to hunt, we let them provide the meat for the upcoming year. We have never shot more than we could eat. Neither my husband or I were ever trophy hunters, even though we thoroughly enjoy seeing beautiful trophies. We've had bull and cow elk and I'll tell you, a cow elk is much better eating than an old bull.

Now with the kids grown and gone, we no longer need as much meat as we used to. My husband still gets an elk every 2-3 years now, plus a deer and/or antelope. I go with my husband, but haven't hunted for a number of years myself. Lately I've been thinking about species we haven't hunted and would like to possibly travel for hunting. We travel for fishing, but have never traveled for hunting. With elk, deer and antelope in our backyard, it just seemed kind of silly. But I can see trying hog, or going to an area that allows baiting for bear (we can't bait in Colorado), or possibly even trying something exotic like alligator.

The first step to getting women and young girls headed in the right direction is to get them started with shooting. If they're not comfortable with their firearm (or bow) and can't hit the side of a barn, they sure can't become huntresses! We have some great shooting programs for young people here and both boys and girls participate.

And BTW, I was a city girl when I met my husband, who grew up on a ranch. I grew up in a family that did hunt, in spite of living in the city, but I have to admit living in the country is much more conducive to promoting an outdoor hunting lifestyle. However I do not believe its impossible to still raise your kids with good shooting and hunting skills in the city, it just takes a bit more effort.

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