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In an Associated Press article by Todd Richmond, I read that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimated that hunting license sales in 33 states have declined. There is considerable concern that if this ongoing trend keeps up hunting as we know it and enjoy it might soon be a thing of the past.
There are many reasons why hunting is in decline. The loss of access to hunting land due to urban sprawl is listed as one of the major factors. There are other factors too such as the aging baby boomers that retire from hunting but most of concern are youth that rather spend all their time indoors playing computer games and on the internet than go outdoors.
The article is a good read and hopefully will encourage hunters to put their thinking cap on and come up with ideas how we as individuals can do more to get others interested in hunting. The future of hunting is not alone the concern of organizations but rather a concern that affects each of us and challenges us to make sure that hunting as a sport and sound wildlife management tool continues well into the future.
On the bright side it seems that animal rights and anti hunting rhetoric has very little impact on the decline of hunting. In a recent study to that affect I read that the public at large pays very little to no attention to animal rights and anti hunters rhetoric. In fact many people state that they grow tired of it.
Read the full article here.
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