Hunter numbers declining and so is $$ for wildlife conservation

Discussion in 'General Hunting' started by elkguy, Mar 21, 2018.

  1. elkguy

    elkguy 10 pointer

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    Here is a very well written article on how hunter numbers are declining and the impact that is having on wildlife funding. This affects license price increases, and demonstrates one of the problems with reduced prices for senior citizen licenses. Hunter numbers are declining and the population of remaining hunters gets older each year, which means more people getting the senior discount and state wildlife agencies having less money for everything. Its not just a KY thing. Its nationwide.
    https://www.npr.org/2018/03/20/593001800/decline-in-hunters-threatens-how-u-s-pays-for-conservation
     
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  2. deerhunter24

    deerhunter24 8 pointer

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    I don't think it cause there older it's cause every year it gets worse and worse they keep doing dumb things. I'm about done hunting in Kentucky. Everything from unlimited doe harvest to also not having no programs in uper Kentucky to help the waterfowl hunters etc
     
  3. KY Swamp Beagler

    KY Swamp Beagler 12 pointer

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    Have you hunted in far western KY? Just wondering from what perspective you were coming from for the unlimited antlerless comment.
     
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  4. baknblack

    baknblack 8 pointer

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    A lot of the younger people just aren't interested. I tried my best to get my 2 boys interested when they were still at home. I didn't have any success.
    Easy access I had when I was a kid is gone. It's still pretty easy to find a place to fish. Hunting not so much.
     
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  5. nock

    nock 12 pointer

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    This is the biggest thing.
     
  6. elkguy

    elkguy 10 pointer

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    The article talks about all that. Video games, Netflix, youth sports, urbanization, etc.
     
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  7. DH13

    DH13 12 pointer

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    YEP when I was a kid I could walk for miles to hunt and fish. ANY FARMER would let you. Today people wouldn't let you pick a WILD BLACKBERRY if you was starving to death. Big farms now are being sold off in 5 acre tracts. No young people want to farm. But who can blame them. Government not going to let them make money. Then these 5 acre tracts nobody let ya hunt because they think now coming from the CITY they have a HORSE FARM. What big farms are left you cant hunt. Farmers got tired of the trash and tearing up their fences and land. With all the trouble that kids see their parents go thru to find a place to hunt. I think they think it is not worth the hassle and find other things to do.
     
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  8. Gioacchino

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    Even finding a place to fish is getting somewhat difficult around me. Folks with farm ponds, or private lakes, are getting pickier about who they let on their land.
     
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  9. baknblack

    baknblack 8 pointer

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    I know. I could grab a rifle or shotgun after school and head out the door in any direction I wanted to go. My kids never had that opportunity. Now they'd have the police called on them for trespassing or being a mass murderer running around with a gun.
    I was first turned loose to squirrel hunt by myself when I was 12.
     
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  10. forager

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    When I went to school we had one guy always miss first period on Fridays during hunting season. He had his gun in his pickup in the school parking lot, and no one cared. We always waited for him to show up and tell his stories.

    The cost of hunting gear, licenses and land access are issues, as well as kids thinking that they have to get all the newest stuff to hunt with. How did the native tribes and Daniel Boone get by without all the "necessary" trappings that the "pros" have on the TV shows?!
     
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  11. luvtohunt

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    My mamaw would have said "boy, times they are a changing". That is exactly what is happening. Between now living in a more electronic world and sheer laziness of kids these days, its no wonder numbers are down. Heck they figure shooting a 180 incher on a game is good enough. They don't have to work for it, process it, or get cold doing it. Beyond technology its a mind shift. PETA is no longer "people eating tasty animals" like it was when I was raised as a kid. In this generation its animals have a voice too kinda stuff. Crazy!!!
     
  12. DH13

    DH13 12 pointer

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    YEP I was 12 also.
     
  13. Iceman35

    Iceman35 12 pointer

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    Unlimited doe harvest has nothing to do with it, and is a biologically sound practice. Please list what other "dumb things" have occurred, including the mythical programs that don't exist.
     
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  14. louisvillehunter

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    Lots of things have changed. But not all are bad. Our deer population is fantastic in the grand scheme of things. A farmer that I hunt with talks about the days when you could not harvest a doe, only one buck. I personally like the idea of not having to purchase extra doe tags for zone 1. According to the experts we need to get the numbers down.
    I like the Idea of crossbow being expanded, but I'm not sure I like the idea of harvesting a doe September 1st. I harvested a doe this rifle season that still had a good amount of milk in her. I don't like the idea of turning a fawn into an orphan before it can live on it's own.
     
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