Deer Hunting Demographics: Bucking the Trend

JR writes:

In the every changing world of firearms owners, and hunters, much has been said of late concerning demographics of the sport. Those opposed to our gun rights would have you believe that only OFWG’s (Old Fat White Guys) are roaming around the woods looking for a taste of Bambi. A recent release of mind-numbing statistics from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources shows us that this might not be the case. But still mostly. Kind of. In ye olde Wisconsin, this gun season saw . . .

  • Females represent 9.5%of total gun hunters.
  • 78,604 (or 13%) were youth (under age of 18).
  • 10/11 year old mentored gun deer licenses (13,050) are up 10%.
  • 9,001, or 35% of first-time buyers were youth (17 and under).

So while Obama may be capturing the majority of the national youth vote, up in Wonderful Wisconsin, the youth are still hitting the woods in number.

Eat your heart out Brady Campaign.



  1. avatar jwm says:

    Good news. All new shooters should be welcomed with open arms. Regardless of thier demographics.

  2. avatar Chris says:

    I believe that most people are not single-issue voters, and most single-issue voters are not gun rights/control voters. As important as the issue is to us here, it’s not a deciding matter in the general population. There can be, and are, people who are both pro-gun and who voted for Obama.

    Some believe that staying engaged in the political process will protect their rights, rather than relying on the NRA approved party candidates. Others don’t believe that there is any real threat to their rights at this time. Many, I believe, just don’t think about gun rights that much. To others, they don’t see the connection between their enjoyment of the shooting sports and what some anti-gun groups aim to do in the name of “public safety.”

  3. avatar Ralph says:

    Do these demographics show new trends?

    Hunting has always been a family affair. It would not shock me if the percentage of youthful hunters has always been high, whether they were boys or girls. And moms hunt too.

    1. avatar David W. says:

      Tell me about it, here in Ohio, during JUST a two day youth hunting season, kids took over 9000 deer total.

      In Ohio you can only hunt with shotguns too!

  4. avatar Accur81 says:

    I’m a white hunter, but I took my 16 year old stepson for his WI first hunt, and we both got bucks. So it’s official, we are statistics!

  5. avatar Hasdrubal says:

    I hope one day to find the time to try hunting. I enjoy hiking and shooting, but I grew up in the city and didn’t have the opportunity to combine the two.

  6. avatar shawmutt says:

    While it’s good to have a mixed demographic for hunting, it doesn’t say much for our 2A rights. There are plenty of folks who hunt and would like to see more firearm restrictions. Take my home state of PA for example–no semi-autos allowed. My sportsman’s club enforces a 5 round max (goodness forbid I put all 8 rounds in my 9mm, oh the humanity!) Bow hunters seem especially disparaging towards firearm owners, especially when I “intrude” on their deer hunt with my small game hunting.

  7. avatar Mikeb302000 says:

    Those numbers didn’t sound very high to me. Next thing you’re gonna start tellin’ us is that hunting is getting popular with gays.

    1. avatar Robert Farago says:

      Yes. Yes it is.

      Click here for an interesting discussion about gays hunting at

      Another post on the topic here.

      Queers for Deers here.

      Click here for a nice welcome to a new gay member of

      And that’s just the first troll through the first page on a Google search on “gays and deer hunting.” You really ought to get out more often Mike. Next time you’re in the Land of the Free how about TTAG hooks you up with a gay hunting club or person and you see for yourself what it’s all about?

      1. avatar philthegardner says:

        With all due respect to all our friends OUT of the closet, you got banged pretty good there Mikey. Opinions don’t make facts.

        1. avatar David W. says:

          Wow it was almost like Farago was expecting that o.o

      2. avatar Mikeb302000 says:

        Wonderful. Thanks for the laugh.

    2. avatar jwm says:

      Why don’t you tell us if it is or isn’t Mikey.

    3. avatar Gs650g says:

      Ask your gay buddies if they want to hunt mikeb203000 and do your own reasearch.

      1. avatar Mikeb302000 says:

        All right, all right, now that you guys have convinced each other that not only women but even gays make up a significant portion of the hunting public, what about nuns? Are they out there too? I’ll believe you if you tell me, no need to consult google for proof.

        1. avatar Robert Farago says:

          There you go: mischaracterizing others’ positions to pump-up your argument (and sarcasm). Nobody said women and gays make up a significant portion of the hunting community. As there are less than 5% of GBLTs in the population, why would they?

        2. avatar Mikeb302000 says:

          But, Robert, that’s exactly what the inference was. Thanks for admitting the truth.

          You see, if gun ownership and use were really as normal as you guys like to pretend, then women and gays (and even nuns?) would be significant participants. But, it’s not like that, is it?

          All the nonsense about “more women owning guns” has the single purpose of attempting to normalize what is anything but normal.

        3. avatar Robert Farago says:

          Minorities will always be a minority of the overall population of hunters/gun owners because they’re a minority of the population. The question you want to ask is what percentage of the minority community participates in shooting sports or owns a gun for self-defense, and is that percentage increasing? Isn’t it?

        4. avatar Mikeb302000 says:

          Women are not a minority of the population.

  8. avatar Lance says:

    Amen Mr Fargo.

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