Number of Female Hunters on the Rise

Although the majority of U.S. hunters are still men, the number of female hunters is on the rise. The Becoming An Outdoors-Woman program is a great tool for these new hunters. Find out why.

Although the majority of U.S. hunters are men, the number of female hunters is on the rise. From 2006 to 2011 the country saw a 25 percent increase in female participation in the sport. A recent article cited a statistic from the Census Bureau that stated that 11 percent of U.S. hunters are women. reported that in Minnesota alone 72,000 hunting licenses were granted to women last year.

Many of the women I spoke with who are new to hunting, like myself, have either attended or plan to attend a Becoming An Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshop. The BOW program can be found in most states and offers a diverse array of classes to choose from. Everyone I know who has attended not only had a great time, but made friends with like-minded women who lived nearby. This is definitely on my to-do list.

As a relatively new resident of Virginia, I still haven't made many acquaintances with whom I can hunt. Since I'm still a novice hunter, I'm not comfortable or capable of hunting alone. Having a network of close-by, more-experienced friends whom I can ring up on a Friday night and say, "Hey, you wanna go hunting?" would be awesome, so that's what I'm working toward.

With the key position for the Virginia BOW program needing to be filled, they are currently on hiatus, so if you're looking for a job, give them a call! The West Virginia BOW program is still running, so I may have to take a gander at their schedule and make it happen this year.

If you're looking to learn more about the outdoors from hunting and survival skills to archery and shooting skills, check out a BOW program near you!

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