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The Plight of the American Hunter


Less than 4% of the current American population hunts or has hunted.

Baby boomers make up our nation’s largest cohort of hunters, and they’ve already begun to age out of the sport.

90+% are white.

70+% are male.

Big game makes for the majority of all American sport hunting.

Tougher game restrictions and anti-gun regulations may be the key culprit.
Hunting seems to be getting more expensive.
Habitat for wild game seems less and less.

California, as most here know, is not terribly hunter-or-gun-rights-friendly.

Elimination of hounds for bear has certainly not helped the cause.

Being raised in a hunting community has its advantages.

“Most people who learn to hunt are woven into communities who give them that momentum. The type of people I teach don’t know anyone else who hunts,” says owner Murphy Robinson, a 35-year-old former vegetarian. “They aren’t friends with people that hunt who are going to reinforce that. So we’re creating that group within this program.”

Hunting in America is largely stereotyped as a country boy fraternity or something for the rich, privileged, moneyed, powerful and/or landed gentry.
Those who don't know other hunters or landowners are largely at odds in regards to entering the sport: taking up hunting requires money and/or connections.

In contrast, you don't have join a motorcycle club or know another cyclist to take up motorcycle riding. You just buy your bike, register your bike, buy insurance, buy motorcycle clothing, take a safety course and get a MC driver license. The opportunities to ride are only as limited as the many thousands of miles of public highway there is, and possibly, limited by circumstances related to less-than-favorable weather. Hunting is quite a different game to get into.

Sadly, my home state of Idaho doesn't yet have an R3 program.
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