As Hunting and Fishing Decline, Will Millenials Step Up?
By Dennis Anderson/Star Tribune
Photo courtesy of CLfT
Most parents of children born between 1946 and 1964 — baby boomers — didn’t worry about whether their kids would hunt or fish. Of course they would. Or, at least, many would. These outdoor traditions dated to the nation’s founding, and had long been embedded in Americans’ aggregate recreational lifestyle.
Yet whether hunting and fishing can catch on in significant numbers with more recent generations of Americans is an open question, particularly with the cohort known as millennials, who are now age 19 to 35, give or take.
The issue is important for a number of reasons.
Foremost is that, while multiple “gateway” activities exist to get people introduced to the outdoors (e.g., hiking, biking, climbing), traditional pastimes such as hunting and fishing have proved to engender long-term, passionate allegiance among participants — and a willingness to support that allegiance with money.