The US Fish & Wildlife Service has released the preliminary findings of their National Survey. If you are an angler, the news is pretty good. There was a 16% increase in the number of anglers 16 years of age and older from 2011 to 2016. But for hunters, the number is down by 16%, from 13.5 million hunters to 11.7 million.
Only 5% of the US population 16 and older went hunting in 2016. If we hope to see future generations participate in hunting like we do today, major efforts must be put forth to save the sport.
I don't want to think about the ramifications of hunting going away. But with only 5% of the population participating, anti-hunting forces continuing their campaigns it doesn't look good.
We have posted about the efforts of the Council to Advance Hunting & Shooting Sports and their National R3 Plan. I urge everyone to get involved. Mentoring can play a key role insuring the future of hunting for generations to come.