5 Things You Need to Know Before Introducing Women to Bowhunting

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In case you didn’t notice, women are different than men.  The very first thing you need to know about getting that special gal interested in bowhunting is that she needs her own gear.  Whether we are talking about a girlfriend, spouse, daughter, niece or granddaughter, the process is the same.  Begin with gear that fits her well so that she isn’t compensating from a bow that’s too hard to draw or a crossbow she can’t cock.

Busy Teens

Jeff Harrison is a good friend with an active teenage daughter who is engaged in sports and schoolwork which occupies most of her time.  Jeff loves to bowhunt and has worked out a plan where each spring he and his daughter go turkey hunting.  Because she uses a crossbow, she can shoot effectively without the many hours of practice required to shoot a vertical bow.  The hunts have resulted in a couple of gobblers over the years and a father/daughter event that each looks forward to.

Set Up for Success

If your gal is excited about archery, capitalize on the moment.  Most cities and small towns have an archery shop where you can help her pick out gear that functions well.  Additionally, many of these shops have video shooting ranges which provide a realistic simulation of big game hunting.  These video practice ranges are great fun regardless of you skill level and you’ll soon learn to enjoy them.  Additionally, for ladies new to hunting, you can discuss a host of important issues such as shot placement, waiting for the best angle, and the importance of accuracy.

Five Things You Need to Know

This post from the Realtree Website interviews top female archers with suggestions to get started and can be the perfect motivation for great times together.

Of archery’s recent popularity surges, perhaps the most prevalent is women joining us on the archery range and in the bowhunting woods. It’s a powerful movement and one the hunting industry needs.

In the past decade, I’ve had the privilege of introducing my mother, sister and wife (then girlfriend) to bowhunting. Doing so required hours of coaching, boatloads of patience and a careful approach. But, all three still own and shoot bows, and though they’re not as obsessed with bowhunting as I am, they occasionally head afield to hunt.

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Joe Byers
Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.

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