Increasing Numbers of Archers
& Bowhunters Are Women Increasing Numbers of Archers & Bowhunters Are Women

Cabela’s, an Archery Trade Association member, helped introduce women to archery at an Aug. 18 event, as reported by Billings, Mont. news station KULR-8.

Attendees learned about archery equipment and shooting techniques during a seminar at the national retail chain.

Increasing numbers of women are getting involved in archery and bowhunting. The first national archery survey, conducted in early 2013, showed that 5.8 million (31percent) of all archery participants were women and 4.2 million (41percent) of archery-only participants were women.

“We were pleased to learn that one-third of all archery participants last year were women, and that 4 million women were involved exclusively in archery,” said Jay McAninch, ATA’s president and CEO. “These numbers prove the archery market is strong. They also indicate… that target archery appeals to women more broadly than bowhunting.”

The first nationwide archery survey showed that 18.9 million Americans age 18 and older participated in archery and/or bowhunting in 2012.

On social media, women are active participants in the archery community. In fact, Teresa Iaconi, press officer for the USA Archery Team, said 45 percent of USA Archery’s Facebook followers are women.

Cabela’s hosted the archery workshop for women as part of its Fall Great Outdoor Days event, which continues until Sept.2.

What They’re Saying

Photo by Rick and Brenda Beerhorst, Flickr Creative Commons

Here’s a quick snapshot of what female archers are posting about archery this week:

Tomorrow is another episode of #NockOut ! I hate reading the info cuz it makes me wish it was Friday already! #archery @NockOutTV — Ashley Schnur ‏@blondie_mma 5h

Here’s my first #archery related blog post. Read it to learn more about “How I Started Archery and Why I Stayed” — Compound ‏@LeidamarieTL20 Aug

Can’t wait to get my own bow! Absolutely love it. #archery #NewLove — ‏@ashley_al21

Nothin better than tearin’ up some targets on my break day before recruitment!! #archery #FWC @… — @katieb_sunshine

Ya think? #funnysign #warning #archery — @shauna_shines

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