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    • August 26, 2015 7:46 AM PDT
    • Since 2000, hunting participation by females has risen dramatically in Texas. In the first year of the new millennium, 5,264 females passed the mandatory hunter education course. The course is required of every hunter born on or after Sept. 2, 1971.

      By 2010, 8,500 females, 20.3 percent of all students, passed hunter education. In 2014, 16,534 females took the course. Females represented 23 percent of last year’s 72,015 hunter ed students.

      “We’ve been encouraging women to try hunting and shooting sports through our outreach programs,” said Nancy Herron, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s outreach and education director. “There’s also been a surge in movies and television of very capable women being resourceful.”

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