Eva Shockey, costar of Jim Shockey’s Hunting Adventures, is the first woman on the cover of Field & Stream since Queen Elizabeth in 1976.
Field & Stream’s May “What’s Next” issue features a cover portrait of Shockey dressed in full camo holding her signature bow.
It’s the first solo photograph of a woman on the cover of the magazine since Queen Elizabeth was featured in 1976 with her hunting dogs.
In the current issue, Shockey shares her predictions of how female hunters will become a big part of the future of hunting.
The number of female hunters in the US grew by 10 percent from 2008 to 2012, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Shockey predicts more women will participate in the sport in the coming years.
“Compared to just last year, the number of women I meet – young girls, teenagers, moms with babies, older women – who tell me they hunt or are taking up hunting is incredible,” Shockey said in an interview featured in the current issue.
Shockey also cites the growth in sales to women at major outdoor retailers as proof that women are having a strong impact on the industry.
“Bass Pro Shops owner Johnny Morris recently told me that the sale of women’s products was just three percent of his business 10 years ago, and now it’s 30 percent,” Shockey said.
The “What’s Next” issue has some other noteworthy predictions for the future of hunting and fishing. The editors predict that hipsters and urban dwellers will start hunting and help to expand the sport in the public consciousness. They also predict that scientists will clone the extinct passenger pigeon, and that a hunting season on the vanished game bird will start again in the late 22nd century.
Featured image via Field and Stream.