For you ladies who love to hunt, and I know there are many of you, this article shines a light on the activity you are so passionate about. I have included my favorite bits. Be sure to check out the full article at the link below.

More women are spending time and money hunting

Staff Writer, The Augusta Chronicle

Ginger Whisenant loves the solitude of autumn mornings and spends quite a few of them in her favorite deer stand.

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Alayna Robertson, who is a nurse at Doctors Hospital and bow and rifle hunter, sits in one of her deer stands deep in the woods off Corley Road near Blythe. “I just like being outdoors,” said Robertson, who started hunting when she was 10.

According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s 2011 industry report, women accounted for about 13 percent, or 2.3 million, of the nation’s firearms hunters in 2002, rising to 16 percent, or 2.9 million, by 2009, Adams said.

The statistics also show that women hunting with archery and primitive weapons made the greatest strides.

“The biggest overall jump is muzzleloading,” Adams said.

The 270,000 female participants in 2002 grew to 563,000 by 2009, the most recent year for which compete license data is available.

ANOTHER FACET OF female hunters that the median age of women afield tends to be getting younger, while the average male hunter has been aging steadily for almost two decades.

“Seeing women hunters getting younger is a very encouraging trend,” Adams said.

Retailers are also following the changes and working to capture part of the female hunting market.

“For quite a while now, you’ve been seeing specific lady product lines coming out — the SHE Safari apparel line,” for example.

Major outfitters like Bass Pro Shops and Cabelas are also carrying more items oriented toward women who hunt.

“You might see pink grunt calls and turkey calls, lots of things that appeal to girls,” Adams said.

Spencer said there does appear to be a shift toward younger women taking up hunting, which might compute to rising numbers of licensed women hunters in future years.

 

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