Survey Says More Women Participating in Archery: Count Me In!

A new survey by the ATA concluded that one third of all U.S. archery participants in 2012 were women. For 2013, novice bowhunter Sarah Smith Barnum adds herself to that growing number.

A new survey by the Archery Trade Association concluded that one third of all U.S. archery participants in 2012 were women and 4.2 million (41 percent) of archery and bowhunting-only participants were women. Overall it stated that 18.9 million Americans 18 years and older participated in archery/bowhunting in 2012.

I am happy to say that I will count among these statistics for 2013. Last week I went to the range with American Hunter magazine Executive Editor Jeff Johnston and shot my Mission Craze bow for the first time. Probably due to the fact that I'm used to the recoil of a gun, I was a bit hesitant before I shot my first arrow at the target. I was quickly and happily surprised to find that shooting the Craze was a breeze. Johnston wanted me to focus on practicing good form, but I'm known to rush things and wanted to get the bow zeroed in. We compromised by dialing it in a bit, but staying focused on the important things like my grip and stance.

Now I just need to find a good, local place to practice. I haven't shot since then and am getting itchy for it. There is a calmness that I felt shooting a bow that I don't quite get with a gun. Looking forward to getting down there to continue practicing!

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