Minnesota Sees Spike in Female Hunters

November 03, 2017 10:23 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Saturday is the deer season firearm opener for Minnesota.  According to the DNR, there could be more female hunters out than ever before.

Jill Hagedorn, who has been a hunter since she was 12 years old, said for her it was a family tradition, “I did have an older brother and of course wanted to do everything he was doing. But my dad is a gun safety instructor and so it just seemed natural and it's what my family does."


Hunting has been a part of Jill’s life for more than three decades.

Minnesota Public Radio reports that out of 550,000 hunters expected to take part in the deer opener in Minnesota, nearly 70,000 are women.

That's 15,000 more women than in 2010.

However, Brent Burgdorf, from Archery Headquarters, says that hasn't always been the case.

"Probably out of 15 people walking through the door that are actually bow shopping or physically looking to buy a bow, you see, you see a lady in that group," said Jill. 

Brent added those numbers could be growing because women are being accommodated more, through the color and fit of equipment.

"Society as a whole or as the industry itself has tried to include women more so I think that that is a really good direction. We need hunters," said Jill.

Brent says those female hunters will continue to grow if things keep up, "mothers that are out doing it, their daughters are gonna do more than likely you know. It's not looked at as a male sport or something like that."

Meanwhile, Jill is getting ready for Saturday’s opener.

"We'll get down to my parents tonight and we'll have dinner and we'll talk about deer camp. Where we're gonna sit, what time we're gonna meet. You know, we come in for lunch. It's just a real family event," said Jill.

If you'd like to get into hunting, Archery Headquarters recommends you go into a pro-shop and test out shooting or archery before you invest into it.

Lessons start at about $25 for an hour.


Roxanne Elias

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