More women out for the kill in Nova Scotia

Sherry Martell
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TRURO - The number of women hunting in the province is slowly on the rise.
Tony Rogers, executive director of the Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters, said many women are getting into the sport to spend time with husbands or boyfriends while others are inspired by the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program introducing participants to a variety of outdoor sports.
Annually, about 1,000 people participate in the hunter education program facilitated by the federation for the province.
"The number of ladies coming into the program is probably about 10 per cent of what it would be for men participating," he said.
"Whether they become and stay long-term hunters, I can't speak to that."
About 88,000 people in Nova Scotia have been issued wildlife resources cards needed to purchase a hunting licence. Rogers said that number represents about 10 per cent of the population enjoying hunting as a healthy outdoor activity.
"It is an activity you can start at a very young age and continue for many, many years," he said.
"Many sports don't lend themselves to that."

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Organizations: Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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