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"Hunting is just plain fun," Jillian
said.
Each year, more and more females
of all ages are finding that statement to
be true.
During the 2015-16 season, 96,555
females purchased Pennsylvania hunting
licenses. That's more than 10 percent
of all license buyers, and yet another
increase for this rapidly growing demographic.
Since the 2009-10 license year, when
67,165 females bought licenses, participation by females has grown by more
than 44 percent.
It's not all due to teens like Jillian.
In fact, the fastest-growing age range
among all Pennsylvania hunters is
women ages 26 through 30 - a segment
that's grown by nearly 26 percent in the
past three years.
Danielle Miller, 29, is part of that
group.

A resident of Mifflin, Juniata County,
Miller also grew up in a family of passionate hunters - all of them men. She
loved the outdoors, but it took a while for
her to realize she was a hunter at heart.
"I guess, growing up, I assumed that
hunting was just something that men
did," she said. "My brother was always
my dad's sidekick, and it was a given
that he'd hunt. I don't ever recall being
asked if it was something I wanted to
do," she added.
As she grew older, Miller realized
what defined her as a person, and decided
that hunting was something she wanted
to do.
At 22, she took the Hunter-Trapper
Education course and got her first hunting license. Today, she enjoys hunting
not only with her dad and brother, but
also her boyfriend and his daughter.
"I enjoy being out in the woods,"
Miller said. "It's my happy place!"
Considering the growing numbers,
that must be a sentiment shared not only
by female hunters in Pennsylvania, but
across the country.
Southwick Associates, a fish and
wildlife statistics firm based in Florida,
says females are the fastest-growing
segment among all outdoors users in the
United States, and there now are about
half a million female hunters nationally.
The natural question is why, but it's a
difficult one to answer, said Game Commission human dimensions specialist
Coren Jagnow.
Survey responses have hinted at possible explanations, Jagnow said. Females
have demonstrated different reasons for
wanting to hunt. They're much more
Mary Ann Zdarko, of Warren, didn't begin
hunting until the age of 47, but she has 10 deer
harvests and this giant bull elk to her credit.

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