In contrast to the general hunting population in the US which has been on a steady decline since its peak in 1982, the number of women hunters is on a notable rise. According to a report issued by National Geographic, “The proportion of women who hunt has risen 25 percent since 2006.” And we suspect this is only the beginning!
A Brief History of Women in Hunting
Since the dawn of humankind, women have been hunting. Ancient humans had no choice but to hunt in groups to take down big game. A recent study released by Science.org suggests that ancient hunters living up to 10,000 years ago may have actually been closer to 50 percent female.
Additionally, the Greek goddess of wild animals, the hunt, and vegetation and of chastity and childbirth, Artemis, symbolizes a huntress and a protector of wildlife. Women as hunters span many years and through a variety of cultures including deities from ancient Egypt and Inuit peoples to Annie Oakley in 1800’s America.
Bottom line: Women have ALWAYS hunted!
It’s not until recently that swathes of ladies across the US have begun to buck up, gear up and head to the outdoors. Times are-a-changin’!
So let’s talk about WHY this increase in women hunters has occurred. Just a heads up, there is no single reason to explain the rise in women hunters. Not only that, but their reasons for hunting look a lot like men’s!