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A Voice For Women Hunters

In attending several area hunting expos, conventions and retail hunting "classics" over the last 5 years I have come to learn that there is very little presence of women represented in the sport. Typically what you find are women in T-Shirt booths showing off their “merchandise,” some women sitting in booths with their husbands in more of a support role to keep them company, but just a few women actually working booths to sell merchandise or guided hunts and no women what so ever doing seminars.  The only seminar, other than my own on Whitetail Deer hunting, that I have ever seen was a seminar on dog training and obedience that a woman did.

I would like to think that as hunters we deserve a voice and a presence. Granted we only make up about 10% of the hunting community, but we are finally coming into light as a group of women that deserve respect and recognition. For one thing, we are the only group of hunters that are currently showing growth instead of decline. I like to think this is because we women are finally returning to our roots. Several generations ago women enjoyed the outdoors and did not mind going out to fish, hunt rabbits and squirrels and occasionally larger game such as deer to put food on the table. While we can now obtain our food from the local grocery store it does not replace the satisfaction of knowing you caught the fish or dispatched the animal you are eating. Being outdoors has its own therapeutic rewards as well, that you cannot find any place else. No shopping mall, movie or therapist can give you the sense of relaxation and peace that being in the woods or on a lake that renews your spirit. My favorite time in the woods often includes spending time in reflection, thankfulness and prayer, which gives a whole other dimension to the experience.

I am so proud of the women that I have met in my experiences as a hunter education instructor, seminar speaker, workshop teacher and in various booths that I have set up and worked. I genuinely enjoy hearing about their lessons learned, successes and thoughts about the outdoors. I do not look at hunting or fishing as competitive sports and do not feel that other women should either.

In 2010 I hope to set up more booths at various retailers again and in 2011 have been invited to attend the Iowa Sports show to have a Women Hunter's booth and do seminars on Whitetail Deer Hunting. To honor the women who enjoy hunting and fishing I would like to ask those of you who are interested to respond to this article by allowing me to have a photo of yourself to post on my display board. I would like to ask that you be dress in camouflage if it is a hunting photo and appropriate attire for fishing (no swim suits.) Suggestions of what to submit would be photos of: you with your trophy mount, you with your tournament trophy, you with other friends or family in hunting gear, you with your equipment (fishing pole, gun, bow, etc), you with your antler sheds, you with your hunting dogs, you with your fishing catch or animal you took. I feel that a booth for our group needs to represent us as a whole so the public can see that we enjoy what we do and are good at it.

Include with your photo your name, your county and state that you hunt or fish and any brief description of the photograph you submit. Please limit it to no more than 3 photos per person. Once I reach 200 photos I will have enough. At that time I will have this article updated to let you know that I have closed submission of photos.

Thank you for your participation and good luck to you for your seasons in 2010.

 

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Michigan
 
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Texas
 
 
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Illinois

 

 

 

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