Women That HUNT
There are very few feelings that compare to sneaking up on an animal...
The number of female hunters has been steadily increasing, up 34 percent between 2006 and 2011, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics. Even though the percentage of women involved with hunting is on the rise, the publicity isn't always positive.
When hunter Melissa Bachman posted a smiling picture on Facebook of her kneeling next to a dead lion she had killed, the photo led to a nationwide outcry. There was even a petition to ban her from returning to South Africa.
Emilee's deer: LaSal Mountains
"Hunting is such a part of my life now, I can't wait for the the fall..."
Emilee Andrus is a local St. George girl that loves hunting and the outdoors. She is a huge animal lover that truly understands the importance of conservation and preserving our beloved mountains. At age 25 she has filled tags for over 13 animals including Deer, Elk and Antelope.
Growing up the girls didn't hunt. When we would go camping/hunting, the boys would get up and go hunting and the girls would stay behind at camp to have breakfast ready. I am not the girl that likes to get left behind when something fun is going on. At the time I could not go with the boys because I was very little, and I didn't understand the importance of being quiet. The year I passed hunter safety my dad decided to take me deer hunting. The snow was deep and I practically froze. I remember thinking "there is no way this is what my brothers were referring to when they had so much fun with my dad". My sister and I filled our tags that year but had to ask ourselves “was it really worth it?"
I may have quit after that first hunt but my dad kept putting me in for hunts. I am so grateful because I would grow to learn that being in the outdoors with my friends and family would help shape who I am today.
I come from a family that doesn't give up easily. The harder I worked at filling my tag every year the more exhilarating the feeling was during the hunt. There are very few feelings that compare to sneaking up on an animal, or the rush you feel right before you pull the trigger.
You might say I get a little trigger happy when I am persuing animals, particularly deer. Over the years my brothers and father have threatened to take away my bullets because I usually would shoot the first animal I would see. The size of an animal's horns has never been the most appealing aspect of hunting to me. I enjoy the mountains, animals, and time with loved ones.
I am very grateful to my dad and two brothers for letting me take part in now, one of my own passions.
Women On T.V.
Some women are even making a presence on the big screen. Woman like Eva Shockey, Eva is an avid hunter and outdoor enthusiast. She is a huge inspiration to women everywhere.
With a combined passion for conservation and adventure, Eva is now a full-fledged 'Outdoor Channel' and 'Wild TV' personality and is quickly making a name for herself within the industry as a proud, female outdoors-woman.
Eva spends over 250 days per year traveling the world to co-host "Jim Shockey's Hunting Adventures" as well as representing the Outdoor Channel as host for various TV specials and red carpet events. She makes many appearances at fund-raisers and other events all accross the US and Canada. You can learn more about Eva by clicking here
Not just a mans world
The market for women hunters has grown so much that companies have produced both men and women clothing lines to accommodate the growing demand. Companies like Under Armour and Real Tree are releasing their own line of women's gear. Gun manufacturers have jumped on board as well. Releasing their own line of pink dipped guns and other feminine looking gear.
We have all heard stories of the guy that takes his wife or girl friend hunting only to discover that she wore a pink jogging suite. I laugh at the thought, but some of the women I know could probably outhunt most men. Women everywhere are jumping into action to get their own hunt on.
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