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Are we Losing our Young Hunters?

Many hunters have voiced the concern that we are losing young hunters to video games and other cultural forces. Statistically, there are far more more older hunters in our country and the youth factor is dwindling...Not to mention the fact that our land is being developed faster than anyone realizes...the bottom line is that the hunting community is not as strong or as secure as it should be...The Conservation Buck Society is involved in hunting land conservation, ethical hunting, and attracting young hunters back to the hunting way of life.

You can join the movement and enter the Conservation Buck Challenge at http://www.conservationbucksociety.com

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Give us some feedback on the question...Are we losing young hunters or does it just seem that way?

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Location: Middle Tennessee
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Are we Losing our Young Hunters?

I dont agree we are losing hunters but I do agree that our land is being gobbled up by contractors building subdivisions and businesses. Everytime I see beautiful land being destroyed by bulldoziers and earth movers I just grit my teeth and wonder, will there be any hunting land in the future?

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No Doubt

That's the thing...There are very few people standing up and asking, "When will you developers run out of land?" Somehow we need to unite..If our nation's hunters got together with one voice, people would listen...But as for the kids, they seem more interested in video games and music than getting out in the woods. I may be generalizing a bit.

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Location: Pennsylvania
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Are we Losing our Young Hunters?

I think the kids would love the chance to hunt, it's the parents that won't let them go Talk to the Hand
That is a generalization too but here in NJ the anti's and the media make using guns and hunting look so bad that they are succeding in changing the mindset of people against guns and hunting.
That really stinks Cry

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That's True

You are right about the changing mindset. Even if parents and family support the hunting lifestyle, kids are spending all day in a world that demonizes the hunter. And you know that in high school, if the girls don't like something, there ain't no use in doing it.

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Location: Eufaula, Alabama
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Young Hunters

With all of the crap on television, video games etc., one can understand why our country in general is going to struggle in the future. Kids (in general) dont have the respect that they use to have towards adults. With so many broken homes in this country (one parent households), it is no secret that our country is headed on a downward spiral. This will be a very tough place to live in 50- 100 years. In saying that, I love this country and support our President and our troops, but I have genuine concern also.
You will never meet better people, for the most part, than an American hunter.
Hunters help thy neighbors and typically steer themselves in the right direction.
I wish that more young people would get involved, but from what I have read in various publications, is that hunting among young people is on the decline.
Before reading that, I would have honestly thought that hunting among young people was on the rise.
Take Care

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Location: Pennsylvania
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Are we Losing our Young Hunters?

I just read that for every 100 hunters that we loose only 69 replace them. Thats the nation wide average. Michigan was worst with every 100 hunters lost only 40something(don't remember the exact number) replace them. They blame it on the restrictive age limits for when a new hunter can go afield (14 in Michagan). Thats too bad because they think that young people are too dangerous in the field but youth hunters (by far) are statisticaly the safest hunters in the woods.

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Location: Aiken, SC
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Are we Losing our Young Hunters?

i unerstand where you guys are coming form but its not all the youths fault. I am an avid hunter (have been since i could get my lisence at 16)and just happen to be 19. My biggest problem is the lack of land to hunt. In SC there are only 3 WMA's that are open to the public none of which are close to me. I hunt with friends that have private land. If i personally owned land i would hunt everyday that the season allows. Unfortunately i am a student and do not have this luxury. About 50% of my friends hunt and i know many more here that do. I know just as many youths that hunt as adults. I watch TV, play videogames, get on the interent but i still hunt. Have some faith in our generation. Ever since Babylonian times the adults said that the next generation was going to be the downfall of society. I know i will try to let my little brother and his friends enjoy the experience of the outdoors so yall should take some kids hunting and get them involved. It will change there lives as my friends father took me hunting and changed mine.

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I know this topic was posted

I know this topic was posted a few years ago but I couldn't help but reply.

Like clemson, if I had the land I'd be hunting and fishing everyday. I'm a 23 year old girl who has little chance of being able to spend as much time as I'd like outdoors- jobs are so hard to come by that a place of my own seems a distant dream. I can't afford permits to hunt on state owned land and no one ever responds to letters I send asking for permission to hunt private property. None of my friends hunt. Most of my family only hunts deer- and not ethically at that. I don't have anyone that can (or will) mentor me. I play video games, surf the web and watch tv but it's mostly because I don't have anything else to do. If I had somewhere to do it I'd be in the woods or on a deep creek fishing. Reach out to the young (and not so young) kids around you. Help instill in them what was instilled in you years ago. How can we learn to love the hunt and ever experience the thrill of that first big catch if no one will take the time to teach us?

 

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Location: Arkansas City, Kansas
Joined: 09/06/2004
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Are we Losing our Young Hunters?

If they've got hunting blood running through their veins...they'll be back. Went through it myself at their age.

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Location: Eufaula, Alabama
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young hunters

I agree with you Clemson, I did not have to pay to hunt when I was growing up. If I saw dove in someones peanut field, I just got my gun and went over and hunted the field. Not anymore, you have to pay to play. Times have changed. Unless you are willing to invest money, it is tough to find a quality place to hunt.

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