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Outdoors Unlimited: Shotguns and Sashes

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WINONA, Minnesota (WXOW)-- Sunday was the final day of Minnesota's 9-day firearm season.

According to the Minnesota DNR, the majority of firearm hunters are men, but this year, more youth and female hunters were out in the woods.

Kara Wattunen is tomboy to the T.

She shoots, hunts, fishes and ATVs.

"I've hunted since I was ten. I don't think girls should have to fit into that stereotypical girlie-girl," said Wattunen.

In 2011, 58,000 females that participated in Minnesota's deer hunting season including Miss Minnesota US International.

Wattunen is this year's reigning beauty queen.

This Minnesota native shoots in her sash and her pageant platform is getting youth involved in the outdoors.

According to the DNR, teens ages 18 and younger are the fastest growing group of female hunters.

In 2000- 518 young girls bought a deer hunting license.

This season, more than ten thousand registered.

"Males hunters on the decline, women hunters on the rise. Any outdoor sport, women can do just as well as men can," said Wattunen.

State officials says these girls joins the sport because they have a mentor.

"My dad said you know how to shoot, do you want to hunt and I went once and was hooked every since," said Wattunen.

"I like to go with my dad because we have something in common like that," said Lydia Sobeck.

"I go with my dad and I like when we go up to the stand and check for scraps," said Megan Hughes.

While hunting is their favorite hobby, these ladies also like to sport high heels.

Times are changing.

The female deer camp motto is have passion for fashion and firearms.

Wisconsin's 9-day deer gun hunt opens Saturday, November 17th.

News 19 wants to see pictures from everyone's hunt this year.

Submit your photos to newsfromu@wxow.com and check out our Buck Board on our Outdoors Unlimited page.

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