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Adventures In Hunting

Jennifer Berry of Elgin has nearly 10 years of hunting experience. (Photo provided)

It might not seem common to find the word “hunting” coupled with the word “woman” unless the conversation turns to chasing down bargains. 

However, the fact is that more women are becoming skilled at tracking and snagging an elusive target — and not just bagging a pair of Jimmy Choo pumps at wholesale.

According to the National Sporting Goods Association, the number of females hunting with firearms was 2.4 million in 2011, up from 2.3 million in 2010, and the number of bow hunting women checked in last year at 765,000.

Women who also participated in target shooting in 2011 are numbered in the millions:

• 3.2 million used a handgun, up from 3.15 million in 2010 • 2.1 million worked on their shotgun skills, up from 2.0 million in 2010 • 2.6 million women aimed their rifles at marks

Starting young One of those gals polishing up her firearm is Jennifer Berry of Elgin, who has nearly 10 years of hunting experience, despite the fact that she’s just 22 years old.

To read the full story, pick up the latest issue of Kane County Magazine.