Women in the Outdoors: 35 Outdoor Activities and Sports for Today’s Women

Medieval Women Hunting

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©2010 Shanna Lea (formerly Shanna Ohmes)


In many traditional cultures, women were just as likely to fish, hunt and forage for food as the men were.  These women provided sustenance for the family as well as connecting with nature and living close to the earth.

Today, women are forging ahead and making new trends in outdoor sports and activities.  Why?  There seems to be an inner need to become more self-confident and build self-reliant skills in women.   Some women want to learn gun safety or self-defense, and some want to join their husbands in the field.  Others want to learn about and be a part of wildlife management and the role of hunting in conservation of our wildlife.  Many others just want to be a part of nature.


These women are our grandmothers, mothers, wives, daughters, granddaughters, sisters, aunts, cousins and best friends.  And they are gaining confidence in new skills, feeling more competent in their lives and building awareness of the world around them.

Reel Women:  The World of Women That Fish

Reel Women: The World of Women That Fish





Fishing:    What was the first thing Laura Ingalls on “Little House on the Prairie” wanted to do after chores were done?  To go fishing!  Many women enjoy fishing whether it is for trout in a beautiful mountain stream or deep sea fishing in the ocean.



Hunting:  Women are leading the trend in hunting whereas the percentage of men and children are dropping.  There are as many ways

Woman the Hunter

Woman the Hunter

of hunting as there are of what you like to eat.  Deer, elk, moose and even bison hunting are becoming exciting outdoor activities for women to engage in.  Game birds have always, in traditional cultures, put meat on the table.  Turkey, pheasant, quail, dove, grouse and other birds are traditional foods that are nutritionally superior to supermarket chicken.  Waterfowl such as duck and goose provide rich healthy fats that sustained many cultures.  Many women who love their dogs turn to training gun dogs.  Labs, pointers and hounds all have a place in many cultures for helping us provide food for the table as well as a place in our hearts.

Other activities and sports:   There are numerous outdoor activities that don’t involve hunting that are good for body and soul.  Below is a list of activities you have probably already enjoyed.  Try to pick at least one new one you have never done and learn more about it!

Girl on the Rocks

Girl on the Rocks

  • Rock climbing
  • Horse riding, endurance races, roping, packing
  • Kayaking
  • Hiking/backpacking
  • Camping
  • Mountain biking
  • Snowboarding/snow skiing
  • Gold prospecting
  • Search and rescue
  • Canoeing
  • Primitive or camp cooking
  • Guided hunts
  • Bird watching
  • Nature and wildlife photography

    Girls Who Looked Under Rocks

    Girls Who Looked Under Rocks

  • Falconry
  • Geocaching
  • Become a naturalist
  • Scuba diving
  • Rowing
  • Storm chasing
  • Goat packing
  • Llama trekking
  • Take a road trip
  • Cycling
  • Skeet shooting
  • Archery
  • Competition pistol shooting
  • Go primitive and learn primitive living skills
  • Get involved in historical re-enactments like Rendezvous or Medieval and Renaissance Fairs
  • Black powder competition shooting
  • Dog sports like bird hunting, agility, hiking, mushing, carting, or earthdog trials
  • Caving
  • Hang gliding

While there are many more activities I haven’t listed, these should get you started.  Find one or 2 or more that you’ve never experienced and learn about them or try them out today.  Be sure and comment back and share your experiences!

Recommended Reading:

Reel Women:  The World of Women That Fish

Woman the Hunter

Girl on the Rocks

Girls Who Looked Under Rocks






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