A few years ago, at the Pope & Young convention, a cursory glance around the room was all I needed to see that our ranks are dominated by a demographic consisting largely of middle-aged white men. This is no secret, but the truth is we are picking up the pace in other demographics.
An influx of youth has swelled our ranks thanks to aggressive recruitment and a dose of luck via Hollywood’s sudden interest in archery. Along with those youngsters, we’ve started adding women. Lots of them.
There are any number of reasons why we’ve witnessed growth in the number of women bowhunters and archery enthusiasts. For instance, when I walk into the local YMCA to work out, I can see a hockey arena holding as many young girls working on their slapshots as young boys. As in bowhunting, women have sat on the sidelines long enough, and they have finally decided to participate.
Also, hunting is largely a family-oriented event, which has helped draw in the ladies as well. After all, family without Mom is nearly always an incomplete puzzle. To be sure, women bowhunters named Tiffany, Nicole, Vicki, and Melissa have brought women into our ranks the same way guys named Fred, Chuck, and Dwight have done on the men’s side.
Perhaps the biggest reason why the fairer sex has taken to bowhunting is that women have unlocked the secret — it’s an amazing sport. Fortunately for them (and us), the market has responded by taking this movement seriously, which wasn’t always the case. Ten years ago you could find women’s bows, camouflage clothing, safety harnesses, arrows, etc., but these products were little more than a youth or men’s product spruced up with pink highlights and a clever name.
Not anymore. Any woman who wishes to pick up a perfect-fitting, highly efficient, moose-killing bow can now do so.
Following are eight companies producing top-of-the-line women’s bows:
<h2>Bear | Bounty</h2>I don’t know if you could find a bowhunter who wouldn’t be able to peruse <a href="http://www.beararchery.com/" target="_blank">Bear’s</a> bow lineup and find something that will work for them. This is true of men, youth, and obviously, women. Their latest offering, the <a href="http://www.beararchery.com/bows/compound/bounty" target="_blank">Bounty</a>, measures 29.75 inches and is available in peak draw weights of 40 and 50 pounds. <p></p> Draw lengths of 23.5 to 27 inches are standard, and even though the hybrid-cam Bounty is designed with a 7-inch brace height, it is still capable of hitting speeds up 295 fps. The Bounty is only available as a RTH (Ready To Hunt) package, which contains a Whisker Biscuit rest, 4-pin sight, stabilizer, D-loop, peep sight, and wrist sling. <p></p> <strong>Price: $</strong>600