NRA Women Assistant Editor Ashley Thess recently embarked on her first hunt—a Kansas-based ladies-only turkey hunt coordinated by the Shoot Like A Girl organization, which earlier this year expanded its business model to incorporate a Hunt Like A Girl program. (Read all about Ashley’s experience here.)
Shoot Like A Girl founder Karen Butler, whose new program exposes more women to hunting in a fun, safe and encouraging environment, said Shoot Like A Girl is taking its mission to the next level by giving women an opportunity to partake in the hunting experience with guidance from an all-female staff.
“I started Shoot Like A Girl because I wanted every woman to feel the confidence that comes with the shooting sports,” said Butler. “Hunt Like A Girl came to life earlier this year and expands on the company’s mission to empower women to participate in shooting sports. We’re excited to introduce more and more women to the amazing world of hunting through this endeavor.”
Butler says hunting is a natural progression of the shooting sports, “and this program empowers women with confidence by taking them into the field to experience nature and ultimately put food on the table for themselves and their families.”
To date, the Hunt Like A Girl program has introduced new and inexperienced hunters to the sport through four unique hunting experiences. In April, Hunt Like A Girl partnered with Bass Pro Shops and hosted an exclusive Club Experience turkey hunt, bringing women out into the field. Later in May, Beretta USA participated in a guided Kansas turkey hunt with an all-female team (watch the Facebook Live discussion of the event with the participants). Most recently, Hunt Like A Girl returned from a Texas turkey hunt where six women, including leaders from TrueTimber, Upper Canyon Outfitters and Shoot Like A Girl. Throughout all hunts, women experienced products from several partners including, TrueTimber, Walker’s, Beretta, Mossberg, Savage Arms, Federal, LaCrosse Footwear, and Primos.
A number of other hunts are planned for the remainder of the year, with more on the horizon for 2022 and beyond, says Butler. As Hunt Like A Girl grows, more corporate sponsors will have the opportunity to participate in the program and help the company introduce women to hunting.
“We introduce women to the shooting sports at our live, in-person trailer events, but with this hunting component, we’re able to take them outside into the wilderness,” said Christa Forrester, Chief of Staff of Shoot Like A Girl. “Being able to guide these women in their early hunting experiences helps plant the seed for the next generation to get into the field and take on hunting themselves.”
For more, visit ShootLikeAGirl.com.