A COMMENTARY ON THE
RISING POPULARITY
OF HUNTING AMONG WOMEN

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Janine Maré
19 September, 2014

While working at Africa Geographic I have been privy to every side of the hunting debate. Though no-one in the office hunts, and many of us have moral and evidence-based objections to trophy hunting in particular, there are times when we can understand the merits of some forms of hunting.
Leading conservationists have shown how hunting, if managed correctly, can indeed benefit communities and wildlife populations in areas where tourism does not appear to be a viable option. And I can understand why people hunt – the thrill of the chase, a sense of accomplishment, satisfying a primal urge that exists in us all, or to harvest a natural food source. In a Hollywood-esque moment I can even picture myself clad in tight camo, weaving my way through the forest undergrowth, bow and arrow poised while my hair blows in the wind. But that is where my fantasy ends, because looking into the eyes of a magnificent creature, and then killing it, doesn’t fit into my movie.
But in an effort to understand women hunters I decided to explore their history and rationale. From women who hunt for food, to those who hunt for the thrill and the trophy, each is truly different; each forms part of the history of the huntress and lends insight into who she is today.

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Top: Diana the Huntress, by Gaston Casimir Saint-Pierre.
Middle: Louis XIV and the court hunting at the Castle of Meudon, Adam Frans Van der Meulen.
Bottom: A studio portrait of Annie Oakley at the height of her fame.

The idea of the huntress is nothing new. In classical times, the goddess of the hunt (Diana to the Romans and Artemis to the Greeks) was not only lauded for her prowess with a bow, but also for her beauty, fertility and vulnerability. Throughout history prominent women have stood alongside male hunters, equipped with bows or high powered rifles. Elizabeth I of England was a keen hunter in the 1500’s, as were the ladies of Louis XIV’s court and Queen Anne of Denmark in the 1600’s; George Washington’s wife, Martha, in the 1700’s, and so on right up to Sarah Palin, who proudly demonstrates her hunting skills to – perhaps – bolster her image in the rough world of American politics.
To some it may seem that these women fall into affluent societal groups where animal life seems to hold less value, and hunting is an entertaining sport. But many of the women involved in hunting throughout history are seen as bold, brave figures who stood for freedom in an oppressive age, fended for otherwise forsaken families, and lent gravitas to feminist movements and women’s rights – and did so with grace and aplomb.

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Brittany Boddington with her father, renowned American hunter Craig Boddington. ©Brittany Boddington

Some women rose to prominence by hunting for necessity. Take Annie Oakley for example. Among many others of her time, she started hunting as a young girl to provide for her family during tough times. And this holds true in the USA even today. Surveys show that the number of women hunting has risen from roughly 1.2 million between 1996 and 2006 to 1.5 million in 2011. Richard Aiken, Natural Resource Economist at US Fish and Wildlife states, ‘We are not sure why there was such an increase, but our educated guess is it had to do with the low ebb in the economy. Unemployed and underemployed people had more time to hunt.’ And, on the other side of the world, women of the Australia’s Aboriginal Martu tribes hunt extensively – mostly, smaller animals that are shared with children and other women to maintain cooperative relationships.
If there ever was a lull in women’s hunting it was when men were hunting one another. In her book, Heart Shots, Women Write about Hunting, Dr. Mary Zeiss Stange writes that American women were often featured in hunting publications like Forest and Stream before World War II, but during the war they assumed more traditional roles, nurturing roles.

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But the sexuality of the Diana/Artemis hunting goddess is a familiar archetype in popular culture. Examples include the 1947 release of the sexy DC Comic, The Huntress, followed by the self-sacrificing, rebellious bow hunter Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, and the new-style Disney princesses. Unlike the sweet, subservient Cinderella and other traditional damsels in distress, these strong, taciturn women, like Princess Merida in Brave, have more time for a bow and arrow than a man.
Whether it’s the influence these characters have had on real life, or that real life trends have inspired these characters, it is true that hunting, and particularly archery, have become increasingly popular with the fairer sex. In 2013, Jay McAninch, president and CEO of the US-based Archery Trade Association, stated that one third of all archery participants were women.

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Left: The Huntress, a DC comics heroine created in 1947.
Middle: ‘Katniss Everdeen’, huntress of the Hunger Games trilogy.
Right: Sharp shooting Disney character, Princess Merida.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service reported a 25% increase in the number of women that hunted between 2006 and 2011, making up 11% of the total US hunting population, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission found a 20% increase in the number of female hunters between 2009 and 2012. Roberta Owens, the membership manager for the Dallas Safari Club, told me that 25% of their members are female. And it’s not just the US that’s seen an increase in women hunting. Enter Japan’s new hunting buzzword, kari-gaaru, which means ‘hunting girls’. According to Japan’s Environment Ministry the number of women in the hunting industry grew significantly during the first decade of the 21st Century, despite the overall number of hunters decreasing over these years.
But this trend is nothing new. In his 1877 book Fox-hound, forest, and prairie, Captain Pennell Elmhirst wrote, ‘It will, I think, be admitted by everyone that the number of ladies who hunt now is at least tenfold as compared with a dozen years ago.’
The increase in women who hunt has led to the establishment of a number of organisations, such as the US-based Women in the Outdoors, which had over 10 000 members little more than a year after opening in 1998. A 2012 report from this organisation stated that, ‘women have become the fastest-growing segment of the hunting and shooting community.’

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Image – Woman Hunt SA/Kobus Vrey

A number of companies now offer women-only hunting classes and trips. One such is Charmaine van Vuuren’s Woman Hunt SA, which began operating in 2013. Van Vuuren says that her company is ‘also involved in transformation, training of black professional hunters. In the intake for this year [2014] there were three black ladies who had undergone training and were successful in graduating as professional hunters, a first for the industry.’

Pink arrows, bow strings and camouflage are firm favourites

Ladies’ hunting gear is now widely available with pink arrows, bow strings and camouflage coming out as firm favourites. Just look at the website Women Hunt Too, where you can buy a camo tee that boldly states, I don’t wear bows… I shoot them! One statement I found from a former Mississippi State University student sums it up, ‘I love my bow. It’s camouflage and has all sorts of pink accessories on it. There are all sorts of colors. You can definitely make bow hunting girly.’ A quick Google search will give a girl insights on how to make beer-basted rabbit or springbok pie, while articles like 10 ways to decorate with antlers lie within the same blog as bridal shower ideas and wedding details.
As the above blogs and recipes demonstrate, it’s not all rough and tumble in the world of the huntress. There is something about a girl who can take care of herself that is undeniably appealing, but an air of femininity and vulnerability still underscores the huntress.

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Top: Eva Shockey. Courtesy Eva Shockey and Jim Shockey’s Hunting Advetures.
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Bottom: A popular slogan for women bow hunters

As per the hunting goddesses and Annie Oakleys of this world, and the Martu women who focus their hunts around community and children, fertility and family still seems to play a big role, particualrly with subsitence hunters. And this filters down to mainstream movies like The Hunger Games, in which Katniss hunts to provide for her family, but still has respect for the natural world and an emphathetic side with which girls all over the world identify.
Interestingly, a 2007 poll by Field and Stream showed that 25% of women hunters had hunted while pregnant. One particular writer on the site Muley Madness went as far as to comment that ‘the cutest thing’ he had ever seen was his ‘wife, seven and a half months pregnant, strolling up a hill packing her Remington .308 with a big ol’ smile on her face.’
Author of ‘Call to the Mild: Learning to Hunt My Own Dinner’, Lily Raff McCaulou, mentions family as integral part of the hunt, “To hunt and butcher an animal is to recognize that meat is not some abstract form of protein that springs into existence tightly wrapped in cellophane and styrofoam. Meat is life. So I seek out recipes that make the most of it. I cook it with care. I share with friends and family. I make sure every bite gets enjoyed.”
Marilyn Kite, Wyoming’s first female state Supreme Court justice, and an instrumental player in the Wyoming’s inaugural Women’s Antelope Hunt says it’s a sense of fellowship that has women dreaming of the hunt, ‘We’ve found it to be just great recreation, lots of fun, and the camaraderie of it is why you do it, really.’
Tiffany Lakosky of the hunting/outdoor travel TV show, Crush with Lee and Tiffany, echoes these statements in a National Geographic article, ‘Women are realising how much fun hunting is and how close it can actually bring them in their relationships with their families.’

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Image – courtesy of Larysa Unleashed LLC

Social media and American TV channels are plastered with women like Tiffany leading hunting shows with titles like Dressed to Kill, Whitetail Freaks and Winchester’s Deadly Passion, while Sarah Palin’s Alaska sees “the first lady of the outdoors” enjoying some mother-daughter bonding over a spot of hunting and fishing.

For some huntresses, any publicity is good publicity

A sense of bonding and affinity for family don’t seem to be the only draw card with trophy hunting becoming a new realm of the huntress. Some outspoken female hunters, such as Kendall Jones and Melissa Bachman, who bare perfect dentition as they pose smiling with fresh lion carcasses on social media sites, have become household names, but also the whipping girls of anti-hunting lobbyists. Jones stated in a recent interview with First for Hunters, ‘I find it odd that only women have been targeted by these organisations. Why would these huge, powerful organisations go after me, a woman, a minority in the hunting community and attack me with their anti-hunting rhetoric? I am not the first to go on African safaris yet these groups attack me nonetheless.’
On the other hand, for women like Kendall, it seems any publicity is good publicity. Despite having to remove some of her hunting images from her Facebook fan page as requested by the social media giant itself, she has shot to fame garnering over 685 000 likes on her page since she launched it in February this year.

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Eva Shockey as a little girl, and as a teen at target practice. Image courtesy Eva Shockey and Jim Shockey’s Hunting Adventures

On the rise of powerful huntresses in the media, Larysa Switlyk, host of Larysa Unleashed on the Sportsman Channel and Destination America, says, ‘It is a great thing because it is breaking the stereotypes on woman and showing the world we can hunt just as good or even sometimes better than men! Also, it is making it more acceptable to the general population that doesn’t understand hunting.’
With movie hits like Hunger Games, shooting a bow now becomes cool and sparks an interest in girls to try hunting. Switlyk herself only started hunting at age 22 and, unlike many other female hunters, was not introduced to hunting by male family members despite having three older brothers. In fact no-one else in her family hunts and they were the first to criticise her when she took up hunting.

‘Katniss is a good representation of female hunters. We’re not what you expect.’

Brenda Valentine, spokesperson for the National Wild Turkey Federation in the United States put it all into perspective in a National Geographic article, ‘Across the board, women are more independent than they’ve ever been, and they realise they are capable of hunting.’
And Mikayla Lewis, a 15 year-old huntress from Oregon, told CNN why it is that young girls look up to media-born hunting characters as role models, ‘Katniss is a good representation of female hunters. We’re not what you expect. We can be pretty just like any other girl, even if we’re not afraid to get dirty.’
Perhaps we have come full circle to the goddess we worshipped in ancient times, a sensuous, strong woman who flirted and manipulated her way into our lives. It seems today’s huntresses still hold the same appeal, no matter if they hunt for food or for fun. Love her for the woman she represents and the ideals she fights for, or hate her for the same reason. Either way, it seems the huntress is here to stay.africa-geographic-logo

 

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  • Ken Watkins

    What a very sad world we live in, surprised they have not enlisted drones yet.

  • Meryl Brown

    It goes against everything of being a woman, caring, nurturing and empathetic.

  • Gail Bisson

    Ashamed of these women… and of all who think it is fun to kill something. How I wish the animals could shoot back to make the playing field level.

  • Marina Button-Voorn

    it makes me sick. what glory is there in it. wish the the animal HAD A GUN TO SHOT THEM. sick people. after the killing and a picture what than…just leave and take some treasure to show off to their sick friends. they only think of now what about the future generation… GIVE THEM LONG JAIL SECTENCES.

    • Tom

      Do you eat meat Marina?

      • Marina Button-Voorn

        reply to me what YOU will do to save the wildlife.. and if you have children show them only picture books as how thinks were in 2013

        • Tom

          Marina, I have planted over 120,000 trees in my lifetime, managed several properties for the benefit of wildlife (not farming or domestic animal production), spent more than the price of an average home in licenses and fees for hunting in various countries. And you?

          • Toto

            You are confused Tom you have planted all those tress then chop them down, then off to the saw mill,so what is the difference between veggies & trees.

          • Tom

            They are not planted for commercial purposes Toto. They are for conservation and the next generation.

      • Cynthia Britt

        Tom, you aren’t being nearly as impressive as you think you are. There are animals raised for food and there is trophy hunting. Apples & oranges.

        • Tom

          I doubt they feel that way. They both end up dead and on a plate.

        • Nosferatu

          Remember where hunts occur these animals are brought in and raised for that purpose, like a cow to an abatoire, also the funds raised for a few animals supports the running of the farm, supplying of jobs, keeping large tracts of land wild and not converted to other means

          • Bob Frump

            Canned hunting sucks. But not all hunting is canned. Case can be made that Tanzanian lion populations have benefited from hunting. 25,000 lions there and steady. Kenya, no hunting, no lions to speak of.

          • Bob Reeves

            Of course there are lions in Kenya- plenty of them. No fewer than in Tanzania. I recently returned from Kenya and even saw a lion and a leopard in the same tree at the same time. Now that’s a first.

          • Thoughtsonly

            @bobfrump:disqus interesting point, but yes our Lions are on the decline.

        • Ann

          Strange answer this. Surely its about a life? Being bred for the table – is that not even more manipulative? I couldn’t pull a trigger, i am a conservationist, but hell i get that so many people have off-centre opinions. The bush is not a tv screenMy Dad always said Christmas is not for Turkeys!

      • Toto

        Tom you’re an idiot.

        • Tom

          It’s still killing an animal. I don’t think the Chicken, Cow or Pig thinks of it any differently.

  • Gizmo

    In my opinion it’s aimed at men….. some men, for some unfathomable reason, find the idea of a perfect body and a pretty face doing something as crass as hunting, a huge turn-on. And it might also have something to do with the still-prevailing idea that women have to be better at what’s traditionally a man’s game than men are, to prove their worth – how outdated is that. I’d still like to know what it is that goes wrong in anyone’s brain to make them think hunting animals is anything to be proud of.

    • Michelle Forbes

      I agree with Gizmo.

      • Michelle Forbes

        I live in an area where hunting is common. The women think it’s cool to wear camouflage, green, pink, whatever…It’s become a fashion trend. I’ve even seen it at Neiman Marcus. Ridiculous. Overall, it appears that many women are attempting to capture the attention of men…hence the done hair and makeup, sexy outfits, while hunting…even more disgusting. The pop country music industry also glorifies this kind of “lifestyle.” Country is no longer about living a simple life and taking care of your family and animals. It’s about your image.

  • S.w. Tsang

    What so great about taking a life ? Ok the old days & even now some must kill to survive . But these guys are in love with themselves & what their dead force can do .

  • I find this article revolting in that it promotes via these images that
    to be a huntress is not only on the rise but right. It isn’t, and I
    believe serious psychiatric assessment is necessary in such cases, not
    sure it will help though! Pity they don’t go for target practice by looking in the mirrow, aim, and most importantly – Shoot!!!

  • judy mare

    What chance does any form of life have if only one side is carrying a gun. What heroes!!!

  • Ben Oxley Brown

    Excellent balanced article

  • Willem Frost

    Everyday of the year millions of poor, innocent plants are killed in order to feed vegetarians. This is sick. Could someone not please stop this mass murder.

  • Steve Fodor

    ” satisfying a primal urge that exists in us all ” , NO WAY ….. I have NO URGE to KILL , neither have you, as you wrote ….. so , for heavens sake, do those hunters who kill for joy , still live in the dark ages ??? when you had to kill animals for food ….. we, humans, have come a long way since then and they in their mind stuck in those primal urges ??? 🙁

    • Tom

      Do you eat meat Steve?

      • ericka

        the people in this story are not eating what they killed. they are far from starving, and those that are do not smile and pose for photos. this is mental illness displayed without shame. and no, stopped eating meat 25 years ago when i realized its impact on land use and the cruelty of its production.

      • Toto

        You stupid idiot is there nothing else you can say,do you eat meat Marina, do you eat meat Steve ,you’re sounding like an old 78.If you can’t add to your vocabulary shut up.

        • Tom

          Do you eat meat Toto?

          • Toto

            No Tom I don’t eat any meat fish or chicken,do you ?

          • Tom

            You bet. Mostly free range wild animals but I do like beef and chicken as well.

          • Toto

            you are confusing yourself Tom,in an earlier comment you mention the chicken or the pig or the cow still don’t think of it differently so you are just as guilty as any big game hunter.

          • Tom

            No, I am saying the animal is dead either way and it doesn’t make it any better or any worse if the animal is a wild warthog or a domestic pig…it’s dead at the end of the day. So those claiming that hunting wild animals is wrong should probably not choke on the bacon in their mouths.

          • Tom

            And I am proudly a big game hunter who has funded conservation through hunting licenses and fees all over the world.

          • Toto

            Geez Tom really big of you,a big game hunter hhhmmm,you are no better than a poacher,how about taking on wildlife,the kind you like to kill on equal terms,you no gun,they just their wits,I wonder if you are man enough to do that you freaking idiot.

  • Deon Dance

    One must not get emotional whenever one put the word “hunter” before a person or “hunted” before an animal. It is not strange even today for women on farms and in rural areas to slaughter (domesticated)animals for meat. My mother slaughtered many chickens, turkeys, sheep, pigs and cattle in my life. And it sure as hell did not make her a better or worse than any other woman.
    Millions of animals are also slaughtered daily in abattoirs. Some also by women. Some women get paid to do it and some have to do it for lack of somebody else to do it. Some also have to pay for the privilege to “slaughter” of wild animals. Now since wild animals cannot be chased onto trucks and transported to abattoirs, I think making people hunt these animals (and making people pay for that privilege) sounds like a fair deal to me.
    The next issue for me is the humanely or ethical issue. I am aware of a person working at an abattoir that has obtained himself a nice herd of cattle of calves that gets aborted at the abattoir where he works after the cow has been slaughtered. I also know that many hunters return home with nothing as they could not find the right animal to hunt or never got into shooting range. And I am sure that you know that of all animals hunted 95% would be males.
    My point is: if hunting is done correctly and ethically, I have no issue with ladies hunting at all.

    • Ron PARNELL

      You might have done us favour and left out the first two paragraphs

    • Toto

      for those who gain it’s a fair deal? what is fair for these animals no way to protect themselves.

  • Lynn S

    Disgusting- all forms of hunting are disgusting & as a woman I am ashamed that there has been such an increase in women hunters. In this day & age there is no need for hunting, Its not skillful, its not a sport- its killing innocent animals for fun. Its psychotic- what type of disturbed person finds killing fun?! Horrified at these statistics- there are better ways to pass the time. Hunting is unacceptable as a sport & I will always support & lobby against these horrendous acts especially when women as involved. Come on ladies- wake up!!

  • Maggie

    How easy it must be, mega weapon in hand to kill an animal who has little defense against a person’s need to constantly be stimulated by a new thrill, an exciting adventure and a pathetic story to relate to friends and family? get a granite kitchen counter instead-I thought that was the new “gotta have”.

  • Ron PARNELL

    It is worrying enough the pressure the emerging economies are putting on wildlife, put if women are queuing up to join in too then we really have a problem. Sorry guys there is just not enough out there for you to kill (and leave some for me to enjoy peacefully).

    • Tom

      Ron,
      Do you actually support conservation with money…or are you a picture taker?

      • Cynthia Britt

        What a ridiculous question.

      • Ron PARNELL

        Yes, I spend more than I can afford travelling to see wildlife, then I raise money for local people – and I take pictures. But I really admire people who just give all their TIME to conservation.

      • Toto

        Tom,Ron as well as many of my family do both,as a matter of fact a cousin is the head ranger in the north of Kruger,
        Punta Malia,Shinwetze etc.You Tom are very vain & hypocritical,you compare pigs,sheep,cattle to wildlife,the difference being wildlife is endangered,many to the point of extinction,no so with animals bred for human consumption.

  • Dr. Theodor Poettinger

    As hunting just as a “Sport” is unacceptable this brings the proof that amongst “ladies” there are as well a lots of idiots as with “gentlemen”!

  • Anja Heister

    How pathetic and what an insult to women’s emancipation movement. These girls in full make-up and tight hunting clothes, eager to kill unsuspecting and defenseless animals, are simply followers, wanting to please and impress their brutal male idol. Women, get real – you are strong because you are NOT killers, no need to be little, dressed in pink, cute followers of your macho studmuffin “man.”

  • Sally

    This is terrible. Give these animals guns and places to hide and see where these girls would be sitting then. It is one thing if there is an abundance where people are getting attacked and killed by them but hunted down by a hunter…these innocent animals don’t even have a chance. Let those women smile in the picture with there “murdered” animal but seriously they really wouldn’t have won if they would have fought them equally!!!!!!

  • Edward Truter

    Well done to Janine Mare on a good piece of balanced writing. One of the saddest things for me is anti-hunters are by and large not well enough informed to comment. What is required, before they comment is for them to spend time in the field with a true, and ethical hunter and open their minds and senses to really look, see, and listen. If they did that they would probably see a person who cares deeply about the environment and the very creatures being hunted, who undertakes measures to decrease their negative footprint on the planet in their daily lives, and a person who is willing to take responsibility for where part of their sustenance comes from. They would also learn more about the circle of life and wonder of nature, the interconnectedness of all things, and quickly discover that the statement “how hard is it to gun down a defenseless animal” could not be further from the truth.

    For 2 million years our genes have endured because we are successful hunters. Individuals and their families who were poor hunters died out. Hunting has been the very essence of what has brought every one of us into existance and is part of our very inner core. So let’s look at it like that and then think about all of this again.

    • Cynthia Britt

      Nice speech. But many of us can fully appreciate the “wonder of nature” without being compelled to then shoot it.
      I understand there is a place for hunting especially, as I said above, when populations are out of control. Of course, not killing our apex predators will help alleviate that issue, too. And I concur that there are very ethical, responsible hunters out there. I have no problem with them.
      But don’t act like your enjoyment of hunting somehow elevates your appreciation of nature above ours, or gives you some deep, spiritual connection that we don’t understand. That is just hogwash.

    • ericka

      but today, the end result of the knowledge of the bush, the “responsibility,” the understanding of the cycle of life that you eloquently describe, is —dead animals. dead ungulates, elephants, hippos, predator cats, rhinos, all with a role and purpose far more eternal and woven into the earth than we can perceive. we have not helped this planet–hunting is just a part– and indeed are slowly destroying it, for ourselves, but worse, for all other species.

  • Rose

    We are created to hunt. We all have to eat meat and greens. Our good Lord has given us all these to use and to manage. Unfortunately most of these people who are so quick to slate the hunter have no idea how much really goes into a hunt. Not only does it create revenue but the social obligation of these conservationist are much bigger than what you think. It doesn’t stop at the end of a barrel. I truly believe that most hunting operations all over the world are done ethical. Those who give hunting a bad name should really be ashamed of themselves. None of us in this world can point fingers. Clean-up your side of things. Lets just use one example, stop using plastic! If you are concerned about killing, that is one of the serial killers of the world. Hunters are true conservationists and if women wants to hunt them let them hunt. But please before you all get too emotional about the ladies go hunting and the poor animals, clean-up your act first and make sure your carbon foot prints are tiny or not there at all before even thinking of pointing fingers in anyone’s direction what so ever. As long as everything is done ethical I have no problem.

  • Tom

    I’m actually surprised at such a good article. Way to go AG!

  • Vic

    Trophy hunting, canned hunting, breeding large cats (Specifically Lions) to be walked, petted then executed by these morons is wrong imo.

  • ericka

    if you’re not starving, then hunting is a misguided abuse of power. women are just as capable of this psychosis as men are. provided with any weapon–rifles, daggers, pen knives, cross-bows– its no contest, and no accomplishment, no matter how rationalized. Safari camps should provide psychiatrists to treat these twisted individuals.

  • Cynthia Britt

    Katniss my foot. I could care less if women want to hunt deer, whose populations are terribly out of control, or other prolific wildlife. I will never be one of them.
    But a lot of the increase over those few years, with little doubt, coincides with the right wing prepper/conspiracy hound mentality that has taken over a portion of this country.

  • petert12

    This is really all and only about Americans, who are socially and intellectually challenged anyway, and that’s on a good day. This is a sick ‘sport’, mindless and pointless, not brave at all, just cruel and killing for killing’s sake. What an awful race of people, God help them, for no one else can.

  • CSB

    Ladies, and gentleman, there is a greater strength in ” not” picking up the bow

  • Dazza6061

    Where are the ordinary looking women in this article? Is it a coincidence that the women featured in this article are all attractive?…indeed, in the period artwork, unnecessarily bare-breasted. There seems to be some underlying sexual play afoot and maybe this is all to do with tittilation for ‘hunter’ men

  • john

    “I love to hunt because I feel that it connects me with nature and I get very primal enjoyment of harvesting my own food.”
    how is taking a trip to africa specifically to kill animals connects you to
    nature? and what primal enjoyment are you feeling, with your sniper
    rifle?
    i could maybe agree with you, if you lived with the
    hunter-gatherer tribes in africa and hunted with a bow and arrow you
    made yourself.
    what kind of a challenge is hunting? during the photography safaries i’ve been to, we were meters away from wild animals, they didn’t care about us. you don’t need to chase them.
    the world would be a far better place if you used cameras instead of rifle.

    i recommend this interesting article- (which in relevant not only to lions)

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/reminder-why-killing-a-lion-is-the-most-cowardly-thing-you-c#3hv8vb

  • Piet Grobler

    What an achievement to kill, to take away the life of a once magnificent animal. There is no magnificence in death!

  • A well-balanced and fair article. However, the animal-rightists don’t believe in balance or fairness. They are bullies and fascists who want to force their way upon others. They buy their meat from stores, believing those farmed-raised animals deserve to die for them, and that wild-raised animals are to be worshipped and revered. They are a strange sect of people who can only exist by disconnecting themselves from the ‘boring’ parts of nature. The vast majority of them never lift a finger or spend a dollar for conservation, whereas every single hunter contributes to conservation the moment they purchase a hunting permit.

    • Tom

      Standing ovation!

  • Jess

    This is a fantastic article. I just wish the haters would stop judging us and realize what this article is actually saying. Anyone who has seen meat works would say that in some cases I would prefer to have free range meat. All these people hating probably eat free range eggs.? As for the “helpless” animals…I have to say these animals are not helpless and shooting them with a bow puts u on a pretty even playing field. Buffalo, scrub bulls and wild boars are some of the animals I hunt and have been charged, stared down and and seen some pretty bad injuries caused by these animals. To shoot an animal with a bow u can’t just spot an animal at 300yards and shoot it…u have to get close. To stalk an animal takes alot of skill and to get within 30 yards of an animal of this size is the biggest adrenaline rush of you life. To know if they spot u you it could mean a life and death situation.

    • Jules Jaffe

      there is nothing challenging or heroic about canned hunting moron! canned hunting-is like shooting fish in a barrel–nothing challenging and certainly not a fair fight. cowardly and pathetic.

  • Maria Manuela Fernandes

    Não são criaturas de Deus quem assim procede com animais, que nem sequer são mortos para sobrevivência de alguém, quem sabe um dia não venham a ser vitimas de uma arma terrorista qualquer que os abata com ódio racial ou religioso, e então dirão os midias que foi um crime bárbaro, e então estas mortes de animais alguns até em extinsão não é um crime bárbaro? os terroristas matam por idiais políticos ou sociais, e estes caçadores matam pelo prazer de matar seres inocentes que apenas querem viver em paz e no planeta aonde chegaram primeiro que o homem.Que mulheres são estas que se mostram risonha e orgulhosas por serem assassinas de uma natureza bela e pura que lhes deu a oportunidade de também fazerem parte dela e que hoje a maltratam e desrespeitam.Não são mulheres , não são foilhas, nem mães nem esposas ou amantes, são seres aberrantes e filhos de um Deus sangrento, quem sabe do demónio.

  • Maria Manuela Fernandes

    Não são criaturas de Deus quem assim procede com animais, que nem sequer
    são mortos para sobrevivência de alguém, quem sabe um dia não venham a
    ser vitimas de uma arma terrorista qualquer que os abata com ódio racial
    ou religioso, e então dirão os midias que foi um crime bárbaro, e então
    estas mortes de animais alguns até em extinção não é um crime bárbaro?
    os terroristas matam por idiais políticos ou sociais, e estes caçadores
    matam pelo prazer de matar seres inocentes que apenas querem viver em
    paz e no planeta aonde chegaram primeiro que o homem.Que mulheres são
    estas que se mostram risonhas e orgulhosas por serem assassinas de uma
    natureza bela e pura que lhes deu a oportunidade de também fazerem parte
    dela e que hoje a maltratam e desrespeitam.Não são mulheres , não são
    filhas, nem mães nem esposas ou amantes, são seres aberrantes e filhos
    de um Deus sangrento, quem sabe do demónio.

  • frederick C-T

    No problem at all in stalking and hunting for the pot. Trophy hunting however, is a completely different matter.

    What on earth is she going to do with a Hippo??

    • Otto Savage

      frederick, the meat is eaten by the locals. Nothing is wasted. Absolutely nothing.

  • Elizabeth Storbeck

    I am saddened by hunting as a sport in general. We have so many other varieties of recreation to choose from and yet humans still find it necessary to hunt animals as a sport. Shame on you! And then when women find it necessary to join in the so-called fun, they are demeaning themselves. I applaud the international model company that cancelled an aspiring model’s contract for posing with her kill – bravo!

  • Toto

    How vile and unfeeling woman have become particularly those who have featured on AG mag in the last few months.Why don’t you try and take on these poor animals on equal terms,they have no chance at all against your superior weapons.I can liken you to the vermin from up north beheading people just because they can you are no better you derive some kind of pleasure of seeing blood flow,I sincerely hope next time blood flows its yours with no one there to rescue you,you woman are really sick,sick,sick.

  • budpg
  • budpg

    This is a hand raised rhino. Never had a chance. These canned hunts are welcomed in the Safari Club International Record Books.

  • budpg

    Do these readers a favor and leave this images up. The pro- hunting side uses the best PR firms money can buy to sell their propaganda. I’ve been looking for two years for the original video that was shown on the Cook Report in South Africa which showed the grim reality of canned hunting in South Africa.
    This image shows a lactating female lion that was led away from her 3 little cubs and brought to an enclosure next door where she was shot by a german trophy hunter- as her cubs looked on.

    https://www.facebook.com/Lionaid/photos/a.174390878309.121025.172885283309/10152451828068310/?type=1&theater

  • budpg

    https://www.facebook.com/JimShockeyFanPage/photos/a.200329673350359.47685.171249666258360/557571067626216/?type=1&theater

    When Eva and Jim Shockey aren’t selling hunting equipment for their rich SCI friends, they shoot wolves from a porch or in Jim’s case he ambushes grizzlies while they are trying to eat. The big hunting lobby are also predator hater- who opening support the persecution of animals like coyotes and wolves who provide balance to an ecosystem that trophy hunters take away.

  • Raju Bhandari

    well articulated article encompassing every nuance – desire to instinct; perceived guilt to sheer hypocracy;kookaboorah to sinisterous guffaws. the writer deserves credits for the deep insights and ring-side view of the world of game – a past-time venture – euphemism for blood-sport. hats – off to you.