© By Othmar Vohringer
Today I got the 2009 numbers of new hunters that successfully completed the mandatory hunter education course here in British Columbia. In total province wide 6,599 new hunters graduated from the course. Of these, and that is what thrills me most, 1,421 were women and 1,975 of the students were under the age of 19. Unfortunately there is no further breakdown of the numbers. I say unfortunately because I would like to know how many of these students came from a hunting background and how many come from families that do not hunt. In my own experience I have seen that more people then in previous years from non-hunting families would like to hunt and it is these people that we need to reach.
In any regard this is an impressive number of new hunters and I am proud to be a part of the volunteer hunter education instructor team.
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