I am fresh out of hunters ed, ive never hunted before, always wanted to but no one in my family was into it.
Ill tell you the 100% truth, with the costs of living in new jersey, people my age, especially if they just got married and are starting a family, can barely afford a roof and food for their family. And to start in hunting maybe just in archery can cost about $1000 for your bow, basic gear and a basic tree stand. IF I didnt have the bug since I was little theres no way in hell I'd take $1,000 out of my familys pockets, go hunting on public land and be harassed by some old hunter that thinks anything within a 50 mile radius of his treestand is his territory. The same old hunter that will complain the sport is dying out and can't understand why.
Im not saying anyone on here is like that but thats what I encountered on many occassions my first season in the woods.
Hunting as an organized sport is just like any organization, business or team, the group is only as wise / strong as its weakest member.