CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The number of women who hunt in Wyoming are certainly still the minority, but their numbers are climbing.

Women applying for hunting licenses in Wyoming increased 12.65 percent between 2008 and 2013, from 11,202 to 12,620. The number of male hunters actually decreased by 2.46 percent during the same time period from 64,750 to 63,157.

Tristanna Bickford is conservation education coordinator for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

Bickford tells the Casper Star-Tribune that more women take hunter education to become eligible to get a hunting license.

She says more women feel that hunting is a great way to spend time as a family and an important means to feed their families.