Deer & Deer Hunting

IT’S DIFFERENT for GIRLS: HUNTING’S BENEFITS EXTEND FAR BEYOND THE HARVEST

I remember the look of astonishment on my world history teacher’s face as he gazed at the picture, at me and then back at the picture.

“Is this Photoshopped?” he asked incredulously.

“No, it’s real,” I replied.

In 2019, females comprised 21.7% of the about 18 million hunters in the United States. That marked a 16.2% increase since 2005, according to the 2020 industry intelligence report from the National Shooting Sports Foundation and National Sporting Goods Association. Although statistics are rarely perfect, participation and demographic studies are generally accurate when viewed through longer periods, such as a three- to fiveyear average. And you cannot deny there are fewer total hunters now than in 2005 — almost 3 million fewer according to the NSSF/NSGA report. Yet, the percentage of woman hunters has continued to grow.

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