#412 Five Trends shaping hunting in 2017 Reid Vander Veen

Reid Vander Veen

Five Trends shaping hunting in 2017

Reid Vander Veen

Reid Vander Veen

Reid Vander Veen

Reid Vander Veen

Reid Vander Veen grew up in small-town farm country in Iowa where he ran, swam, kicked, and sticked his way through every stream and forest he could find, spending nearly every waking minute outdoors.

He is currently on the Field Staff for RAKS Big Game Supplements and enjoys volunteering and being involved in his community. He is a contributor to Wild Open Spaces… http://www.wideopenspaces.com/five-trends-that-will-shape-hunting-in-2017/

Women Hunters

Women will continue to be one of the most interesting trends to watch for 2017. Many women in the outdoor industry are continuing to grow their following. Eva Shockey, Kendall Jones, Taylor Drury, Melissa Bachman, the list goes on and on. Not only have these women all been successful hunters, but they’ve done so in such a positive way that they’ve begun to draw a boatload of new women into the hunting addiction.

Shifting Access to Land

It’s no secret: they don’t make any more land. It’s possible to access private land, but the amount of public land available for hunting continues to shift at a rapid rate. New programs are introduced every year. The government is buying, selling, and exchanging land on an almost daily basis.

First-Time Hunters

As with the introduction of new women hunters, other first-time hunter numbers will also continue to grow. Overall popularity of the sport continues to climb. One thing prompting that growth is the promotion of the sport by modern sportsmen.


Unfortunately it can’t all be good news. 2016 was another year where certain areas were hit hard by disease like EHD (Epizootic Hemorrhage Disease) and CWD (Chronic Wasting Disease). Areas all over the United States were impacted and it will take some time for many of those areas to recover.

More Hunting Apps

Moon phase planners, windage charts, sunrise/sunset tables, trail camera inventory, GPS maps, the list goes on and on. New applications are being developed almost daily

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