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Do you consider yourself a Female Bow Hunter?

There is a dramatic increase in the numbers of female bow hunters.

The notion of women hunting is not a recent phenomenon, but as ancient as civilization itself. Stories of huntresses are plenty and even in mythology it remains a powerful theme. It seems as if the most powerful mythological huntress is Artemis, the twin sister of Apollo and daughter of Zeus. Not only was she known as the goddess of hunt, but also as the goddess of wild animals, wilderness, chastity, virginity and the natural environment. She protected nature and the hunt and both wild and tame animals were under her protection. Artemis was usually depicted as a huntress carrying a bow and arrow.

Although bow hunting has always been part of the hunting industry, it has seen significant growth in recent years. The National Sporting Goods Association reported a growth in female bow hunters from 500 000 in 2014 to 800 000 in 2009. The thrill and rush of the bow hunting industry has set a new challenge for our female hunting partners and thus the enormous rise in numbers.

Other reasons why females hunt is to spend time with friends and family, for sport and recreation and to be close to nature. New initiatives teach females’ new skills that wasn’t necessarily learned when they were young. Skills such as rock climbing, fishing and of course archery are explored and acquired.

Bow Hunting Gear

Gone are the days where women used men’s equipment. Nowadays females are able to do what they love, whilst looking stylish and practical while doing it. The increase in appropriate apparel have increased markedly in the last decade.

The compound bow that you make use of must be designed to match the archer’s measurements in order to work properly. If one design feature is slightly out of sync, your ability to shoot will be handicapped. This means that a bow with a specific draw length needs to be matched with an archer with the same draw length measurements.

“Female archers can expect to find bows offering the same features, just scaled down to weigh less. Compound bows feature adjustable draw weights and lengths. The archer has the choice to tune their bow to the specifications that suit them. They also allow the archer to play with their draw weight as they gain more experience.

The potential to draw the bowstring will likely max out at 24 inches. The largest measurement is about an arm span of 75 inches, which ends up converting to a draw length of just over 30 inches. It is also important to remember that this measurement may also be limited if you are going to hunt in cold conditions, and wear multiple heavy layers.”

Best Compound Bows for Women

It is widely accepted that the best compound bows for women are the following:

  1. The Bear Cruzer
  2. The PSE Chaos FC
  3. The Diamond Infinite Edge
  4. The Bowtech Carbon Rose

Female hunting success

Another interesting opinion from various professional hunters (PH’s) are that women are in most cases very successful hunters, sometimes even more so than men. We all know that success, breeds success. Reason for this success, is that women seem more inclined to listen to the advice of professional hunters and that they tend to make double sure of their aim before taking a shot.

Sources
thebestcompoundbows.com/for-women/ (reference and read more)
www.bowhuntingmag.com/women/the-rapid-rise-of-women-in-bowhunting/
www.greekmythology.com/Olympians/Artemis/artemis.html
greekgodsandgoddesses.net/goddesses/artemis/

The skills female hunters can teach their children

The skills female hunters can teach their children – Most parents, and especially women, reconsider their lifestyle when their children are born.  They consider whom they befriend, how they act in public and in what daily activities they engage in.  Hunting is also something every mother should consider when having children.

Here are some things children learn when they see their mother hunting, or go with her, when hunting.

Emotional management

Emotional management is crucial to hunting.  Every mother has a choice of how she wants her child to see her.  Most mothers would agree that they would like their children to think they are strong enough and able to handle a variety of problems or situations.  Being too stressed or too excited could all lead to a failed hunting attempt.  Sometimes the day doesn’t go according to plan.  Unfortunately, that is how life is too.  Children need to see their mother handle disappointment and success, so that as they grow, they are able to reflect back on those moments and learn from them.  It makes for good life lessons.

Acquiring skills

Hunting is a skill that needs to be practiced.  One does not just take up a weapon and shoot.  Time, effort and dedication needs to be put in. Children learn what weapon to use for what type of game and what to take into consideration when shooting long distances for instance.  Through this they learn that acquiring a skill takes practice and dedication.

Perseverance

Walking in the bush for day in and day out creates perseverance.  Unlike what most people think, hunting can be tedious, as well as rewarding.  Walking and stalking a specific prey can take hours and days.  Most women hunt with men, who might physically be more able than they are.  During that time, each woman comes face to face with the knowledge of her own physical strength, ability to persevere, ability to fail and ability to succeed.  It is often acknowledged how people gain self-insight through periods of hardship.  A hunting trip can create that same situation for self-reflection for women.

Benefits of nature

Child specialists all agree that playing outside has definite developmental advantages, from enhanced physical development to increased health from vitamin D exposure through the sun.  Children (and also their mothers) do therefore not only develop physically when in nature, but they also experience nature through the feeling of crisp mornings and spectacular sunsets and sunrises.  When children are in nature they have a chance to see how animals behave and what animals move during what time of day and season.  The only way you can truly gain such knowledge is by spending time in nature.

Hunting teaches that small things count.  One needs to be aware of nature and all its facets.  The time of day, temperature and direction of the wind all affects the behavior of animals and one therefore need to adapt one ones expectations.  Because nature doesn’t change according to your whims.  A child learn to respect nature and that there is something bigger than their own needs.

Hunting Responsibility

Hunting teaches all involved what role they play in the eco-system and how important it is to look after all role-players in the system.  From the conservation of endangered animals, to feeding and taking care of the local communities through feeding schemes and work creation. Children learn how to handle weapons responsibly, keep it safe and have respect for it.  Children learn to not only be aware of their own safety, but also to be aware of the safety of others.  In a world that teaches freedom of expression and behavior, hunting teaches the control of behavior.