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Women in the World of Bow Hunting by PSE’s Emily Anderson


By Emily Anderson

A general internet search or call to your local Division of Wildlife will easily reveal the fact that women entering the hunting community continues to grow each year. They now contribute millions of dollars each year toward wildlife and habitat programs through hunting license fees, taxes on bows, guns, etc., and donations to non-profit hunting organizations.

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With more women entering the hunting world, the idea of women toting around a gun or bow into the woods is becoming less and less of an anomaly. While this is good for the sport of hunting it may be cause for dismay for some women trying to stand out and make a name for themselves solely based on the fact that they are of the female gender and they hunt.

I will admit that I still enjoy the reaction on people’s faces when they find out I enjoy donning camouflage and venturing off into the woods with bow in hand. However, this reaction is becoming more of a rarity and quite honestly I’m okay with that. It simply means that women in the hunting industry is now more of a commonality, and if I’ve played a small part in making that a reality, it encourages my heart.

Gals, being recognized as part of the “hunting fraternity”, if you will, should not be taken lightly. We’ve proven that we are capable, willing to shoot, kill, clean and carry our quarry back to camp. We are all on the same playing field. There is no grading on a curve, or advantage points when hunting. When the arrow is released from the bow, it doesn’t matter whether or not the hand holding it has perfectly manicured fingernails. (Granted perfectly manicured fingernails may look nice in the photo while holding that 6×6 bull elk.) The bottom line is that the animals don’t know the difference, Simply because we are a different gender shouldn’t give us the right to boast about a kill more than the guys.

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I guess what I’m trying to say is that while the female hunter has been encouraged, highly marketed to, and maybe even stood out as having an advantage in the hunting industry simply because she is a thing of rarity, the shine may be lessening. The playing field is beginning to level, and I don’t necessarily think that is a bad thing. It is quite the contrary. The commonness of the women hunter means more opportunity to champion hunting in a positive light.

What do you think about the increase of females becoming involved in hunting? How has it benefited the hunting community? Do you feel women have had an advantage in some areas? If yes, how do you feel about that? Is it okay as long as it encourages more women to get involved? Sound off…

Emily Anderson’s hunting journey began shortly after she got married. She enjoys the passions for the outdoors, hunting and fishing as a team with her husband. She established www.FromTheDraw.com as a way to share her stories as a female hunter. Emily lives in Colorado which allows her to hunt elk each September in the Rocky Mountains. She is now a PSE Staff Blogger and will be posting daily about her experiences and views on archery and hunting.

Keep your eye out for the #elktour DVD over on huntography.com! Watch PSE’s Emily Anderson and Dustin Jones hunt elk DIY style on our amazing public lands in the Western United States. Huntography also films a deer hunting DVD called #deertour which you will be able to watch PSE’s Will Jenkins hunt whitetails. Huntography…filming America’s hunters, one at a time!

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3 responses

  1. tina

    I have been bow hunting since I was 11 and loved it. I am now 32 and hunting is my life. I have taken several nice bucks, that only some can dream of. But it took lots of hard work and I continue to get better and work harder every year. The only problem I have found is the bows that are made for women are mostly youth bows. I did try a new PSE last year but it seemed loud compared to my bear, it did shoot faster but like I said the buck would have jumped the arrow cause I couldnt seem to make it quite enough. Maybe the set up wasnt right but where I am located in southeast oklahoma I don’t have lots of choices to go get a bow. I love seeing more women taking up a bow. Thanks Tina Smith

    July 16, 2013 at 8:35 am

  2. Great post Emily. I too am an avid huntress and am also in the television industry. I have noticed over the years the numbers of women in the hunting industry has definitely increased and long gone are the days of the wow factor of women being seen with face paint over downed animal taken with her weapon of choice. It is great feeling of satisfaction to me as I have tried to influence women to get into the outdoors throughout my career. Keep up the good work and may we run into each other someday in the bush!

    Jacquie Shore

    July 18, 2013 at 5:33 am

  3. Emily, your step is really very appreciating. Best of luck and keep practicing…!

    November 13, 2013 at 11:54 pm

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