Why Hunting is Shrinking, and How to Fix It
By Natalie Krebs/Outdoor Life
Photo by Pacific Southwest Region USFWS/flickr
You probably rejoice
when you spend an entire day afield without bumping into another hunter. Encountering strangers—especially when they’ve stumbled across your secret spot—spoils the solitude we seek in the outdoors.
So you’d be hard-pressed to find any sportsman or -woman who wants more competition in the woods. Yet, more hunters is precisely what we need right now.
Here’s why: Baby boomers make up our nation’s largest cohort of hunters, and they’ve already begun to age out of the sport. Within 15 years, most will stop buying licenses entirely. And when they do, our ranks could plunge by 30 percent—along with critical funding for wildlife management, advocacy for hunting, and a tradition that’s probably pretty important to you. In other words, the clock is ticking. And unless we act now, we might not recover from the fallout.
Seeing Greater Beauty: A Conversation with Jim Posewitz
Backwoods Hunters & Anglers
Author, biologist, ethicist, historian and legendary conservationist, Jim Posewitz is the foremost expert on conservation history and fair chase hunting.
He recently spoke to Backcountry Hunters & Anglers about his career, the concept of fair chase hunting, the role of public lands in conservation, and the future.