Less and less hunters?

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Re: Less and less hunters?

Unread postby mauser06 » Thu Nov 16, 2017 3:37 pm

I remember when I was 12 getting ready for my first "first day". The news reported over a million hunters heading to the Pennsylvania woods...down to 600k and change now.


For the record...that's been nearly 20 years...

Last 10 years they show a loss of 70k.


Definitely less hunters. Definitely more bow hunters... especially since crossbows became legal.

Rifle season, even the opener, isn't near what it was.

I see MANY camps that aren't even opened...where when I was a kid, look out..there were people sleeping in trucks and parked all over the place at every camp..

Seems in PA archery and turkey have taken off..hunting as a whole is fading.

Other things that picked up we're trapping and predator calling...both of which seemed to be more of a fad..people realized it takes time and work..


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Re: Less and less hunters?

Unread postby mipubbucks24 » Thu Nov 16, 2017 3:40 pm

I tried for the first time today to hunt Michigan’s opener on public, lol. There were people everywhere, crazy thing is I only heard about 10 shots. Then I drive around and see all this private where I drive for miles and don’t see a single truck parked, on opening day, crazy.

I remember driving to the Lions vs Chicago bears game on thanksgiving day in 1997, and it was like every property had orange on it. The number of shots has really gone down also. It used to be a war zone in central Michigan growing up hunting my uncles farm.

Anyways my opinion is more people are bow hunting so you hear less shots on opening day. Also access is a huge issue, more and more guys just can’t get permission on private anymore and get pushed onto public for better or worse. Had a guy I talked to in the parking lot today said the same thing, hunted a piece of 200 acres for 15 years then all the sudden the owner wants 1000 bucks a year, it’s just gotten crazy.

Had my best year ever on public during bow. I did not harvest anything but I know it will keep getting better as I keep learning and scouting. I am going to try much harder to lock down some private as I did not enjoy the opening day experience of public hunting in Michigan.
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Re: Less and less hunters?

Unread postby Ack » Thu Nov 16, 2017 7:02 pm

mipubbucks24 wrote:I tried for the first time today to hunt Michigan’s opener on public, lol. There were people everywhere, crazy thing is I only heard about 10 shots. Then I drive around and see all this private where I drive for miles and don’t see a single truck parked, on opening day, crazy.


You might not see the trucks, but just look at how many deer shacks you see littering the private land everywhere you go......the rifle hunters are still there.
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Re: Less and less hunters?

Unread postby headgear » Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:37 am

Something else to consider is this could be a double edged sword, the US population has been growing and growing, if hunting was crazy popular there might not be enough land or deer for everyone. In 1970 we were at 205million, last year 323million. Not that there isn't a lot of land out there somewhere but we all have to live and work somewhere and often that means crowded land in those areas. I don't think anyone will be taking our hunting rights away and I would certainly fight tooth and nail before I was ever forced to stop. Best we can do is support our love of the outdoors as much as possible and enjoy our time in the woods. If the numbers do continue to fall just enjoy the extra space, help out as many new hunters as we can and not worry about the haters. They have no more of a right to tell us to stop hunting as we do to tell a vegan what they can and can't eat.
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Re: Less and less hunters?

Unread postby oneflag » Fri Nov 17, 2017 2:16 am

Most statistics don’t lie so the overall trend shows a decline.

A few things I have seen over 30 years hunting Indiana.

In my area the public land has less pressure. I think a lot of folks feel that you need a lease to be successful. Some people buy ground just for hunting so private land and knocking on doors to get permission is over.

I see very few young hunters. Having 2 sons in their 20s I don’t know any young men serious about deer hunting or small game hunting. I see less people in the next generation of hunters.

We had a little increase with crossbows being legal but most of those are gathering dust in a closet with the AR.

I have seen and met some out of state people who come to Indiana or Kentucky because there are less deer north and south. At least that’s what they say.

I see more turkey hunters probably because there are more turkeys and spring weather is more desirable.

I feel most people want a big buck the easy way, they don’t hunt they just want to shoot. The price of tags keeps going up. So you have a few more dedicated hard core hunters even traditional hunting. And you have some opening day shooters that will go firearms season a few times.

I started out in the 70s small game hunting with my dad, we ate what we brought home. I remember the first deer I ever saw. Us older folks are a different generation.
I use to think I kinda knew the future, I have no idea where will be in 5, 10, 15, years from now.
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Re: Less and less hunters?

Unread postby headgear » Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:10 am

oneflag wrote:
I started out in the 70s small game hunting with my dad, we ate what we brought home. I remember the first deer I ever saw. Us older folks are a different generation.
I use to think I kinda knew the future, I have no idea where will be in 5, 10, 15, years from now.


The future of hunting has to be about quality food, not the horn porn industry, there is no future there. We all love to chase and shoot big bucks and there is nothing wrong with that at all but if that is where this is headed then we lose in the long run. That mass production of the food industry has really cut down on the quality of the food, you can not buy anything better for you in the store than a great venison meal. I teach my kids we eat what we kill, food first and horns second.


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