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Strong Growth in Female Hunting and Shooting Numbers

Understanding trends in hunting participation is the lifeblood of a successful outdoor business. You have to know who you’re talking to in order to develop effective marketing messages. One emerging trend that is no secret is the rise of female participation in the hunting and shooting sports. But saying there are “more” females in the ranks of outdoors enthusiasts just doesn’t cut it. What does “more” mean? Who’s counting? How are these numbers quantified?

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How Big is the Shooting Market?

The number of participants in recreational shooting activities has been on the rise for the past several years. While most folks within the hunting and shooting industry know this, what does this really mean in terms of numbers? In other words, how big of a market are we talking about here?

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Crossbow Boom Kickstarts Hunting Businesses

There have been few success stories in the hunting industry as compelling as the rise of the modern crossbow and crossbow hunting. Crossbows themselves have been around since 700 BC. However, it has seemingly taken nearly that long for hunters to realize they belong in the bowhunting community.

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The Tax that Hunters are Proud to Pay

Most consumers and employees in the outdoor industry are aware that sportsmen and women are the biggest contributors to conservation via their support of conservation groups and purchases of hunting licenses. And then there’s the “excise tax.” Most people have heard of it, but do you know exactly what it is and how it impacts the health of America’s wildlife populations?

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A Clear Look at Hunting Optics Purchases

The quality of hunting optics continues to get better, and sportsmen aren’t afraid to open their wallets to put a new scope on a rifle or upgrade their binoculars. According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, in 2013 (the latest year for which stats are available), the average scope purchase was $274.14 and the average binocular purchase was $303.48.

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Big Market for Hunting Video Products

Realtree has always been at the forefront of producing high-quality hunting videos. This year marks the release of the 23rd edition of the Monster Bucks Series. It’s hard to comprehend how technology has changed since Bill Jordan and Team Realtree introduced the hunting world to their brand of heart-pounding, big-buck action.

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