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By hosting weekend workshops meant to connect women with wildlife and each other, Colorado Parks and Wildlife hope they will inspire more women to hunt and fish. (Photo Colorado Parks and Wildlife.)

Creating the love of the hunt – Why Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants more women to hunt

Every year in June, a group of women gather near Norwood, Colorado to learn new skills and break down stereotypes. Friends, mothers and daughters, and curious independent ladies pitch tents and pick up rods, bows, and shotguns at the Women’s-Only Cast ‘n’ Blast weekend.

Over the course of a two-night, two-day stay, the participants join the already-growing number of women participating in the historically male-dominated arena of outdoor sports by learning fly fishing, archery, and moving-target (skeet) shooting.

In her 20+ years as a field officer however, Department of Wildlife district manager in Ouray and event organizer, Kelly Crane, said that the most significant change she’s noticed in the field isn’t gender-based; it’s generational.

The motivation for hunting of both women and men alike in the 40-60 year old age range is for the familiar reasons—sport, “trophies,”etc. The younger generation, though, has turned an eye more towards hunting as a source of clean meat.

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