As hunting declines in Virginia, a way of life is lost Kristen Green, Richmond Times Dispatch
For 25 years, interest in hunting has been declining in Virginia. The number of hunting licenses issued annually is half what it was in 1974. Hunting licenses are down 1 percent to 2 percent every year, according to the state Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. The number of licenses decreased from 253,425 in 2009 to 245,185 in 2010, or 3.3 percent.
As farmland is gobbled up by subdivisions and strip malls, it is increasingly difficult for hunters to access land. Enthusiasm for hunting is waning, in part, because there are more recreation options for young people today. Children now shoot fake guns in video games rather than go deer hunting with Grandpa early in the morning.