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More female hunters out in the woods

Hailey Brien of Lincoln shows off the doe she shot while hunting.
Hailey Brien of Lincoln shows off the doe she shot while hunting.
APPLETON - At the Fox River Mall, you'll find some women hunting for a bargain."I came down this morning to shop all day and have a nice dinner at night after," said Mary Olszewski.Olszewski says her husband will be out of town for the next few days."He's up north for seven days hunting," Olszewski said.While Olszewski and other women spend "widows weekend" with family and friends, there are those who would much rather trade in their shopping bags for blaze orange."Being outdoors is more fun than shopping. I like being with my brothers and brother-in-laws. It just brings the family together," said Holly Madoche.Some women are rather new to the hunting experience."I only started hunting a couple years ago," said Erica Deprey."I started last year," said Hailey Brien."Even if you don't see a deer, you'll see a squirrel or something and it's relaxing," Deprey said.The DNR says female hunters are part of a growing trend."During the past 10 years, every year the percentage of our licensed hunters who are women has increased," said Ed Culhane, DNR communication specialist.In 2013, females represented 33 percent of resident adult first time gun deer licenses.This year has seen a 2 percent increase with women representing 35 percent of resident adult first-time gun deer licenses.The DNR says the increase in female hunters may be because more people are interested in local food."Hunting is a great way to get local sustainable healthy food on the table," Culhane said.Some female hunters agree."Me and my husband eat the meat a lot," Deprey said.And for younger hunters like Hailey Brien, the sport is something she enjoys doing with her dad."It's really fun because I get to spend more time with him," Brien said.While Brien bagged a button buck this year, she says she's hoping for a big buck on her next hunt.The DNR says it's also seen an increase in younger female hunters.They represent 36 percent of resident first time junior gun deer licenses.
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