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Decline of Hunting

This rather good article explains the decline in huting being the fault of hunters themselves.  I’ll be honest, I question whether shooters have been any better in trying to pass this tradition down to our kids.

7 Responses to “Decline of Hunting”

  1. You make a good point. I go to the range and I see guys older than me (and I am over 40). I go to my local gun shop and I see guys older than me. One positive, at our last VSSA annual meeting, we had an afternoon of shooting to introduce members to disciplines they do not normally shoot and many of our members brought their daughters and a few youth. On the shotgun range, we had a mother and daughter shoot trap for the first time and by the end of the afternoon, the daughter was breaking more clays than she was missing.

  2. I can’t speak for hunting (I’ve been wanting to try it, though), but I’m doing my best to take new shooters to the range, even if it stretches my college-student budget. :)

  3. Sebastian says:

    More importantly, you’re taking women to the range. Even more importantly, you’re taking cute chicks to the range. Eye candy on the range is always a good thing.

  4. Sebastian says:

    Oh yeah, and getting women involved in the shooting sports is a good thing too :)

  5. Laughingdog says:

    Well, I’d like to learn to hunt, and have expressed an interest to the hunters I work with. My family even has 60 acres a couple of hours from me with deer and turkey everywhere. Despite knowing that they’d have that property all to themselves during muzzleloading and bow season if they help me learn more about hunting, they still can’t be bothered to help. These same people gripe to each other constantly about hunting club politics, and how hard it is to find places to hunt that don’t already have 20 people using it as well.

    I have yet to find someone who enjoys shooting that would blow off someone who walked right up to them expressing interest. I’m not saying they don’t exist. I’m just saying that my experience suggests that they’re far less common.

  6. Blake Sobiloff says:

    I hear ya’, Laughingdog! I’ve been wanting to learn to hunt for many years, but I don’t know anyone who hunts and the folks at the local gun stores just point me towards guides I can pay many hundreds of dollars for a “hunting experience.” Maybe that’s the way it’s done in California, but it sure doesn’t make it easy to learn how to hunt. So, unfortunately, the best I can do is take friends to the range to punch paper.

  7. Countertop says:

    Laughingdog,

    Where ya located???
    If your anywhere near Northern Virginia ill come and show you what you need to know.

    And help with that deer problem.

    Both you and blake might want to try out some of the online forums. I know TheHighRoad has a hunter forum with a running sticky list/thread of folks willing to be mentors to new hunters.

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