Hunters need young blood

  Generation X doesn't hunt. That's the conclusion of a National Shooting Sports Foundation's recent survey, which found that only 8 percent of hunters are between the ages of 18 and 24, down from 17 percent in 1986. The last decade has seen the percentage of hunters in the 25-34 age bracket drop as well, down to 17 percent from 31 percent. "We aren't bringing in enough kids and women," said Walt Gasson of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. With an aging population of baby boomers, "hunting is not going to be as big a deal in the future as it has been in the past," he told the Wyoming Wildlife News.


A recent survey by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service found that hunters now comprise less than 10 percent of the population in many Western states, including Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. People in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho are more likely to hunt: 25-36 percent of all residents have hunting licenses in those states.


- Danielle Desruisseaux


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