The number of young hunters in Oregon is decreasing. Over the last 10 years, sales of Oregon hunting licenses to people between the ages of 12 and 17 have dropped by nearly 20 percent. Those following the issue suggest that technological distractions along with a decrease in available land are two potential reasons for the decline.
A lot of work is going into reversing these findings. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has started working alongside organizations such as the Boy Scouts to promote hunting to youths. Their Mentored Youth Program allows children between nine and 13 to hunt without having a hunters education pass, as long as they are accompanied by a licensed hunter over the age of 21.
Hunting provides $516 million to Oregon’s economy, and many hunters say it is also a significant part of Oregon’s heritage.
Are you a young hunter struggling to fit hunting into your schedule? If you’re a hunter with kids, is it important to you that they hunt? Is it a problem that fewer youths are hunting?
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OPB | Sept. 22, 2016