According to the National Geographic Daily News, the total number of women hunters increased by 25 percent between 2006 and 2011, after holding steady for a decade, according to Census Bureau statistics. At last count, 11 percent of all U.S. hunters were women, compared to 9 percent in 2006, the report says.
One of the indicators of an increase in women’s interest in an activity that has traditionally been mainly reserved for men, is the hosting of workshops with instructions in both shotgun and rifle shooting now offered by many state departments of natural resources; called, Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW).
"We have over 3,000 women on our mailing list, and workshops fill up quickly,” Patricia Handy, Information & Education Program Manager at the Department of Natural Resources in Maryland told the National Geographic.
Naturally, with women involved, fashion is becoming a factor and sport-clothing designers are outfitting women hunters in clothing and accessories created for the female body, say the report.
Although women still dominate in traditional shopping, cooking and food preparation, the report points out that in many parts of the country, local meat can be difficult to find, with most supermarket meat coming from factory-farmed animals.
Here are three major points from a very thought-provoking article with some very interesting perspectives and references, whether or not we agree:
“Hunting offers an alternative to the grocery store that lets women provide truly free-range and organic meat for their families while also helping create a more sustainable food system, says Lily Raff McCaulou, author of Call of the Mild: Learning to Hunt My Own Dinner.”
"Hunting may be the next frontier for local food," says McCaulou, who lives in Oregon. She regularly hunts deer and elk, and recently added grouse and duck to her repertoire.”
"I was pretty detached from what I ate before I started hunting. Since I've started hunting, I've changed my relationship with the meat that I eat, and I eat a lot less meat than I did before. Hunting's a way to reclaim some closeness to the food chain," says Georgia Pellegrini, author of the book Girl Hunter.
And there is even a video on YouTube on women hunting and fishing in all seasons: