Women hunt, too. And this is news because . . . ? Because it isn’t. But why let a little thing like a worn story line and a lack of hard data on the number of women who’ve taken-up elk hunting get in the way of a story about women taking-up hunting in greater numbers? ESPN didn’t. Did I mention that the writer of this piece is a man? Does it matter? I think not. Anyway, let’s go beyond data, straight to anecdote, courtesy Donna McDonald, owner of Upper Canyon Outfitters in Alder, Montana. “In her experience, women make splendid hunters, providing complementary sets of skills and abilities to the hunting experience where many men struggle, like spotting, being open minded and being serious while remaining unafraid of failure. I have a lot of couples who come to hunt with me and almost always the wife will approach the hunt more seriously than the husband,’ McDonald said. It might be a new experience for them, but for women, there’s no one there to say ‘why’d you do this?’ and ‘why’d you do that?’ when something doesn’t go as planned. It’s all so open and new to them, they soak up things like a sponge; they want to learn.” Fair enough? Oh, and what exactly is the point here? Josh’s answer after the jump.
It doesn’t look like women in elk camp, deer camp or the duck blinds is going to cease anytime soon. The onus, then, falls onto men (and, in some cases, women) to change the way they perceive the average hunter, to ensure that Thomas’ own eye-opening story about the perception of female hunters doesn’t return to the norm.
That would be the bit where someone mistook her for the cook. Whoa.