Girls are the fastest growing segment of Wisconsin's hunting population.
The number of licensed women gun deer hunters in Wisconsin is projected to increase by 50 percent to 75,000 in 20 years.
As of opening day, females represented 32 percent of resident first-time license buyers and 30 percent of resident first-time junior gun deer licenses.
A 2006 hunter recruitment and retention report shows that when mom hunts, everybody hunts. If a female parent participated in hunting, kids are even more likely to hunt than if only the male parent hunted.
A mom shares her story
Tess Novak of Ripon took her 11-year-old daughter, Lynn, hunting on opening day 2012 in Green Lake County when a 1.5-year old buck walked in their sights behind a doe. It was Lynnís first mentored hunt with her mom, who has hunted since she was 12. Tess ended up shooting this 1 1/2-year-old buck a little less than an hour after the season opened. Lynn was very excited and predicted to DNR Wildlife Biologist Ellen Barth that she would be back later that afternoon with her own deer.
Plenty of time to get girls out in the field
Wisconsin's traditional deer season runs nine days and is open over the long Thanksgiving holiday. It's a great opportunity to get the girls in your life out in the field for family time, fellowship, food and fun.
Under our mentored hunting program, licensed veteran hunters can take anyone 10 or older out hunting without their first completing a hunter education course. And our first-time buyer license is an unbeatable bargain. So moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas, aunts and uncles -- this Thanksgiving, give the gift of your time and give them the memories of a lifetime! Here's how:
Girl gets her first deer
A grandma shares her story
Harriett Breunig,70, of Sauk County has hunted as far back as she can remember. "I love being out in the woods even if it is snowing, freezing rain, windy or hot. I hunt. Even with having 10 children I've hunted.
"In fact, I helped many of my children and grandchildren get the hunting bug. I have hunted geese, duck, raccoon, turkey and deer. I am sure that most people think I am crazy because even though my husband has stopped hunting, I continue going out."
Harriett's 2011 hunt was a special one for her. Read the rest of her story in Grandma's Hunting Tale, Wisconsin Natural Resources, October, 2012