Less hunters mean less funding for conservation, states find
Many states are lamenting the declining population of a valuable species: the American hunter. Funds from hunting licenses and fees are generally directed to wildlife conservation; while the need to maintain habitat for wild critters isn’t going to go away anytime soon, the number of sportsfolk in the U.S. has declined by some 35 percent since 1975. States are taking measures to boost hunter populations, including allowing novice adults to try hunting without a license, shortening safety courses, and, in Oregon, instituting a Mentored Youth Hunter Program. We hear Dick Cheney’s application to be a mentor was, sadly, denied.