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The following factoids are taken from the book “The New Age Hunter”:

Did you know…

… that research indicates a large majority (67%) of Americans approve of hunting, even though only 7% of Americans hunt each year… In general, almost seven out of 10 Americans approve of hunting, while fewer than 3 out of 10 Americans disapprove of hunting.

… that it takes a hunter to make a hunter. “… research indicates that almost all hunters are initiated into hunting before the age of twenty, usually by a father or a father figure. Hunters who are initiated by a father or a father figure before the age of twenty hunt more frequently and are more likely to hunt avidly throughout their lifetime than are hunters who were not initiated in this way… In short, hunters come from hunting families, and hunting families produce hunters.

… that 7% of hunters were 65 years and older, 11% were 55 to 64 years, 22% 45 to 54 years, 27% 35 to 44 years, 19% 25 to 34 years, 10% 18 to 24 years, and 4% 16 to 17 years.7 The alarming aspects about these statistics are the last two age categories: 10 % of 18 to 24 years of age and 4% of 16 to 17 years of age.

… that an alarming statistic already presented shows that only 4 percent of hunters are sixteen to seventeen years old, and state and game surveys show those not exposed to hunting by age fourteen will probably never be hunters.

… that we’re losing 1.5 million acres of wildlife habitat each year (in the U.S.A.) to development and sprawl—and 1 million acres of that is farmland and ranchland. These lands are being taken out of hunting because they are being replaced by suburbs and shopping centers and industrial parks.

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FYI - A few more factoids for you from The New Age Hunter you might find interesting.:

"... Good company joins me in my prediction that a burgeoning population will be a major challenge to hunting in the future... "The Forest Service claims that the most imposing environmental challenge yet to be faced is that of population growth. There is a large body of studies reporting that the number of the world’s human inhabitants may double in the next sixty years, causing a severe strain on our planet’s delicate ecosystem and impacting our natural resources, including those of wildlife habitat."

"...The National Resources Conservation Service reports that between 1982 and 2001, nearly 34 million acres (an area approximately the size of Illinois) were converted to developed uses."

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