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More women are finding they have a place in the outdoors

January 22nd, 2014 8:32 am by By Brent Frazee, The Kansas City Star (MCT)

More women are finding they have a place in the outdoors

In this June 15, 2013 file photo, Sarah Palin speaks during the Faith and Freedom Coalition Road to Majority 2013 conference in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

KANSAS CITY, MO. — Never one to mince words, Sarah Palin has some strong opinions when it comes to a woman’s place in the outdoors.

“The world would be better to have more young women holding a fish in a picture and fewer of them in the bathroom looking in the mirror, holding a camera and taking a selfie,” she said.

Palin, a former governor of Alaska and a GOP vice-presidential candidate in 2008, was taking part in a news conference to promote her new television series, “Amazing America,” which will premiere in April on the Sportsman Channel.

In the series, she will present features on people who like to hunt and fish, often joining them. It will be a role that won’t require much acting for Palin.

She was brought up in an outdoors lifestyle and still enjoys getting out in Alaska for hunting and fishing trips with her family. She thinks other women would find the lifestyle enjoyable if only they would give it a chance.

“You don’t have to be a man to enjoy the outdoors,” she said.

Others apparently are finding the same thing. Surveys are finding that the number of women participating in fishing and hunting is on the rise.

A report by Southwick Associates showed that women now make up one-quarter of all anglers and represent the fastest-growing segment of the sport. Females also make up nearly 11 percent of all hunters, again representing a group that is on the rise.

Officials with the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism don’t have figures on how many of their license buyers are women. But they think both states are following national trends.

“Many people may be surprised to learn that the traditional view of the outdoors person is changing,” Rob Southwick, president of Southwick Associates, said in a news release. “But to anybody who hunts, fishes and shoots, the presence of women on the water, in the woods and at the range is anything but new and certainly not surprising.”

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