By Kelsey Anderson
After watching the Super Bowl last night and the many commercials, one in particular stuck with me today. Always put out a commercial regarding what it means to “______, like a girl”. At the end of the commercial the audience was told that girls self-esteem tends to plummet during puberty, but it doesn’t have to. The question is… who is out there being that positive and influential role model for them? I did some digging for myself and found more than plenty of serious and successful female hunters making history.
Growing up I remember listening to a number of different famous musicals. One of my favorites being Annie Get Your Gun starring Annie Oakley! Although, I still enjoy hearing those songs it turns out that her life was pretty cool. Quick facts about Annie include: she was six of seven children, helped support her family by hunting and trapping game and became famous due to her sharp shot. Even when hunting became unnecessary for survival purposes it continued to be an important aspect of her life until she passed.
Fast forwarding to one of the most popular stars, even as a fictional character, is Katniss Everdeen from the hit book (and now movie) series, The Hunger Games. As you read (or watch) you learn that, like Annie Oakley, she too became a hunter out of survival. However, instead of using a gun she became an expert with the bow.
In recent years we have seen a major increase in female hunters, both with guns and bows. Always was onto something, but I think that they are behind the boat on this one! Females have found their new role models and they’re hunters. From 2005 to 2011 alone we saw a 25% increase in the number of women getting involved in hunting according to The Blade. And by 2011 women made up over 11% of the hunting population. This number has only continued to increase and I’m happy to say that I have contributed!