5 Ways to Get Her to Hunt
From a girl who loves hunting
By: Molly Keefe
It’s no surprise that the hunting industry is male dominated, BUT there are some awesome ladies making their way in and becoming great role models for young women and girls! This is written for anyone looking for ways to share the hunting lifestyle with the special girl in your life, and keep her coming back!
I was raised in a hunting family, my Dad has a passion for upland bird hunting, shooting trap, and he enjoys deer hunting. I was lucky enough to have such a strong male role model who encouraged me to come along but never made it feel like I was pressured to do something I wasn’t interested in. I found my love of the outdoors was not just hunting, it was being out in the woods during the most beautiful time of the year, it was watching our dogs look for birds, and making memories with my Dad that I will never forget. He planted the seed and has been able to watch it grow into a lifestyle with my own family! I married an outdoorsman and we now have a two year old daughter we already have tagging along with us.
- Take her along: Yes, she’s a girl! But girls don’t always want to stay home, girls love adventure too! Teach her that hunting isn’t all about harvesting an animal, teach her how to check trail cameras, how to track the movement of deer, where to put food plots and mineral stations. Let her help you! Show her how to put up a deer stand, with teaching her how to do things you give her the tools and confidence to hunt on her own someday. Maybe she’s not old enough to hunt yet? Take her with you anyway! Guess what she gets the thrill of seeing? Watching YOU, her role model call some ducks into your spread, or watching a doe and a fawn eating acorns 20 yds away, maybe it’s sitting on a mountain side while the sun rises.
Whatever it is that you do, she gets to be with you.
- Make her comfortable: The thing about being a female in the woods, going to the bathroom is awkward, cold, and uncomfortable. Let her know where she could relieve herself, there’s not much worse than sitting in a cold deer stand, shivering…and feeling like your bladder is going to explode at any minute! You don’t need to hold her hand but simply letting her know a private spot close by will do it. If it’s cold out, bring extra hand warmers, gloves, a blanket, or extra snacks. Things that you usually don’t think of because maybe you’re used to the cold! And those snacks? Bring out some homemade deer or goose jerky! And while she huddles under her blanket you can whisper to her how you shot that deer right out of this very stand!
The best thing you can do is make a positive memory, and she will want to come back again!
- Set her up for success: By success I don’t mean make sure she harvests an animal her first time out. There’s a process that starts WAY before hunting! Let’s say she’s never shot a shotgun before, start her out with something small like a 20 gauge. Make sure you teach her how to take it apart, put it back together, load and unload it, and how to properly mount it. Don’t give her a 50lb bow and expect her to pull it back. Start her out with a low draw weight and teach her how to work her way up! Show her the proper form and share the excitement with her when she’s able to shoot 20 yds accurately!
Everything goes back to the basics, always encourage her. If she misses don’t tease her, watch her next shot and see if she needs help with her form.
- Share your pride!: Brag. Her. UP! I mean it! I’m 26 and when my Dad tells our hunting stories to others and talks about that perfect shot, or watching the Northern Lights after I harvested a deer. I see the pride in his face, and my heart just SOARS! Tell anyone who will listen how proud you are! How amazing she is and how she caught the biggest fish that day! Or how she sat for 8 hours in -15 degrees and didn’t complain, she’s a tough girl. That right there, will make your girl feel amazing.
- Be the example: You can’t expect her to just go out and start shooting a shotgun by herself. Or be able to shoot a tight group of arrows picking up her bow one time. You are the example she needs to see! Practice together, because it’s not just the practicing she will remember…it’s spending time with you. And when she beats you because she will celebrate!
You just found a lifelong hunting buddy.