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Bowriter 23-Dec-18
Scar Finga 23-Dec-18
Bou'bound 23-Dec-18
Bowriter 23-Dec-18
drycreek 23-Dec-18
Zbone 24-Dec-18
From: Bowriter
23-Dec-18

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Back about 1996, Robert Pitman, owner of White Oak Plantation asked me, “How can we get a bow hunt for women only started?” We brain stormed it and that fall, had the first Does and Bows hunt. Nine women came. After that, for the next 12-years, it was booked solid with 30-women hunters. The premise was, as Robert put it, “It is the women who take the kids to dance and soccer and little league. If we can get the women hunting, they will take the kids and that is the only thing that is going to save hunting.” Through corporate underwriting, we offered the three-day hunt at a fraction of the cost. The women ranged from world champion archers to entry level hunters.

A few years later, I started a bear hunt for women only in New Brunswick, Canada and in various places, hunts for women only cropped up. There may be one or two still active, I don’t know. I know the one at White Oak was working because in the 13-years it ran, we had mothers bringing daughters. What happened at White Oak was simple. Robert and I got old and there was a huge lawsuit over a stupid dirt road that cost over $1-million dollars. Robert said, the heck with this and sold most of the land, closed down the commercial operation.

For a while, women were the only growing segment of the bowhunting industry. Currently, I don’t know if there is a growing segment of any part of the hunting industry. I do know, total numbers of hunters is declining annually. But Robert was right. We need to get the women hunting. In November, I wrote a magazine article on women hunters. I got emails from women I never heard of, wanting information on various aspects of hunting. The desire is out there. Somebody needs to think about that.

The women at one of the Does and Bows hunts.

From: Scar Finga
23-Dec-18
My wife hunts with me, and both my daughters want to start going, but they live in the Peoples Republic of California so that a little tuff. But I will find a way to get them out.

Thanks for posting, and your right, we need to get the ladies more involved!

God Bless and Merry Christmas John!

From: Bou'bound
23-Dec-18
what ever happened to white oak

you did the adairs hunt for bear right

From: Bowriter
23-Dec-18

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Bou'bound- White Oak still exists. I'll be there in four days. All but 1,200 acres and the main lodge and office were sold. It is now, mostly a family and friends "gathering" place. I go three or five times a year to fish and hunt a little, mostly to relax and eat good food. They still take a limited number of hunting clients-mostly, long-time clients-from Dec. through the rut to the end of January. Weekend fishing packages are somewhat available for families-huge blue gill, a pound and up.

Yes, I did the Adairs hunt. Probably would have done more but that is about the time I got so sick and had to back way off on my activities. I am proud to say, we, Robert and I, broke ground on hunts for women only. It is sad that more large outfits did not get involved and continue the program. In the 13-years Does and Bows was in operation, we had nearly 400 women, participate. Just think of more commercial operations had done the same. We also were just starting a similar hunt for juveniles and were into the second year when I got sick and the legal troubles arose.

I'm looking forward to a few days with the Pitmans, a family I have called family for close to 30-years. Pic. from our first kids hunt.

From: drycreek
23-Dec-18
I've always said that if hunting is going to grow, it will be the women who grow it. Lots and lots of households now are just women and kids. Yep, lots of them have dads, but not the nuclear family. Dad is busy with work and a girlfriend in many instances, and seeing as how you have to not only spark an interest, you have to nurture it, the absentee dad is behind the eight ball already. I think I read somewhere that the fastest growing segment of bowhunters was women, but that might have been a few years ago. Anyway, good on you John for what you and Robert accomplished.

From: Zbone
24-Dec-18
Scar Finga - Don't you mean the United Socialist State of California?...8^)

I was trying to get my oldest grandchild, my granddaughter to go during out 2-day youth gun season in November, but being 11-years old now she couldn't fit it in her busy schedule...8^) But,,, I'm still trying, even tried to guilt trip her yesterday at family Christmas get together - "Abbey Lane, I even had your gun, slugs, and blaze orange ready"...8^)

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