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WOMEN WHO HUNT

With hunting season underway I thought it would be interesting to do an article on women that hunt. So with that, here are a few articles that I found on that subject.

You can call Rachel VandeVoort lots of things, but don’t call her a woman hunter. And definitely don’t call her a huntress. She is the daughter of a Montana outfitter, and hunting was simply what she and her family did. She killed her first deer, a spike whitetail, when she was 12, and some of her earliest memories are of accompanying her father and grandfather as they hunted small and big game throughout northwest Montana. She’s a competitive shooter, a bow hunter, a former fly fishing guide, and a mother—all labels she gladly wears. A woman hunter?
“I’ve never really given it much thought,” says VandeVoort, trade relations manager for Kimber. “I’ve always just considered myself a hunter. I think the vast majority of women who hunt just want to be hunters without being placed in some sort of category or given a cute name.” Women who happen to be hunters (or hunters who happen to be women) are becoming an increasingly common sight in the woods. According to a survey conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, they made up about 11 percent of all hunters in 2011. According to a report by the National Sporting Goods Association, that number jumped to 19 percent, or 3.34 million, in 2013. The growth of women hunters in recent years has actually outpaced the rate of male hunters new to the sport. The reasons for the spike vary, The recent increase in the availability of woman-specific gear and guns has certainly helped fuel the growth, although gun and equipment manufacturers were slow to embrace the concept a decade ago. Those that did adopted a “shrink and pink” business model. They simply downsized men’s gear and added a little pink to the color scheme to appeal to women. It’s not uncommon to see women wearing camouflage embedded with some pink, but many women refuse to wear it. They didn’t want a youth-model shotgun, and didn’t want pink on everything they wore or carried with them when hunting. So many manufactures are dumping the pink-infused camo patterns and pink-stocked guns and treating women as adults who want the same thing men want: quality gear that fits. At least one gun manufacturer recently started making shotguns specifically designed for a woman’s body.
I will have more on Women Who Hunt to come.

(This article was taken from Petersen’s Hunting)

THE EMPOWERED WOMAN OF TODAY

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More and more women today are taking the Basic Pistol & Safety Course and applying for their pistol permits. So as a woman and a member of the Ten X shooting club, I decided that I would setup a page especially for women. In today’s day and age women need to know how to protect themselves, and the single most important step toward ensuring your own safety is having a personal safety strategy in place before you need it.

DON’T BE A VICTIM!

This article taken from the NSSF (National Shooting Sports Foundation) reads as follows: More than half of women (55.6 percent) participating in a new study commissioned by the National Shooting Sports Foundation said they intend to purchase at least one firearm in the next 12 months. That finding and many others reflect the growing popularity of firearms ownership by women, who represent the fastest growing segment of the shooting sports.

Among the report’s findings:

  • The most commonly owned firearm by women in the study is a semiautomatic pistol, with 56 percent of women reporting they owned at least one. Shotguns ranked second, with 50 percent of women owning at least one.
  • Women say their purchases are mainly influenced by Fit, Quality and Practicality.
  • Women purchasing a gun in the last 12 months spent on average $870 on firearms and more than $400 on accessories.
  • The majority of women report they are not driven to buy a gun on impulse but rather considered their purchase for months before deciding.
  • Nearly all women (95 percent) have tried target shooting, and more than half (58 percent) have hunted.
  • More than 42 percent of women have a concealed carry permit for their state of residence.
  • Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of women reported having taken at least one training class.

Placing a premium on safety, women say the single most important reason why they decided to purchase or own a firearm is protection—both personal and home protection. Learning to hunt and going shooting with friends and family were also cited.

So with that, I will continue to bring more articles and information for women to this page.

Gail Fechter

Ten X Volunteer Coordinator

 

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