October 30, 2017
Writer: Sydney Jensen
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game says the face of hunting is changing as more women take to the fields and lakes.
"Women are no longer wanting to stay home," Gregg Losinski, spokesman for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game told BYU-Idaho Radio. "They want to get out into the field, they want to have fun, they want to do it with their families."
Losinski said that while women hunting and fishing overall are on the rise, archery seems to be a new found favorite for the outdoorswoman.
"They're taking onto archery very well," Losinski said. "Maybe it's because of movies or recent books or things...the thing about archery is that it's a sport that calls [for] being very precise, at the same time, being very stealthy and quiet and takes a lot of skills, so women take to that very well."
Losinski added that many women pursue hunting as a means of getting healthier, more organic foods for their families.
"The other component we're seeing it kind of a health focus," Losinski said. "Some people are becoming what we call locavores in that they like to know where their food is coming from and that it's coming from a very natural source."
This increase in women isn't isolated to Idaho though. The Wyoming Fish and Game Department recently announced a similar trend in their hunting and fishing demographic as well.
According to the Associated Press, "Wyoming Game and Fish Department numbers show that the number of female hunters in the state rose from 11,189 to 14,770 between 2008 and 2016."
You can listen to the full interview below.