Women throughout the ages have played an important role in hunting.
The history of women in hunting goes all the way back to the beginning of human history.
Cave drawings depict women taking an active role in hunting as well as supporting roles that were necessary for the preservation of their clans. A need was there for all hands to take part in the role of hunters and it was justly filled by skillful women of early human history. This is also a part of northern cultures currently, such as the Inuit of the great north.
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In the ancient Egyptian kingdom, queens often hunted from chariots. This was not just a male sport, but a sport that the powerful women of the time pursued with much enthusiasm.
The role as a hunter had a very powerful meaning. There were even the mythological women named Diana (Greek) and Artemis (Roman) who were referred to as the goddesses of the hunt. They were worshiped for a successful hunt way back in history.
As the westward expansion of the United States took hold, settlers, both men and women, hunted for profit and for food on the table for their families and to protect lives and livestock alike.
Toward the end of that era, one of the most famous huntresses, Annie Oakley, dazzled spectators with her unerring shots that were polished to a gleam by her hunting trips. She propelled the lure and fame of the woman hunters to an all-time high.
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In our modern day outdoor society, it has become very common place for our wives, daughters and friends to hunt, perhaps more than ever. Outdoor personalities, such as Eva Shockey, daughter of the great Jim Shockey, have brought the allure of hunting to a newer generation.
Just as in history, our modern women of the hunt are power players that reinvigorate our great sport and continue to carry on the tradition.
To our great women of the outdoors, I say carry on my friends. May your harvest be plenty.
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