Youth embrace hunting.
Since NSSF, the National Wild Turkey Federation and the US Sportsmen's Alliance launched the Families Afield initiative in 2004, 18 states--including Minnesota--have changed laws and regulations to create additional hunting opportunities for youths.
Minnesota officials said the greatest utilization of the new program came from 12-year olds. About 98 percent of the new hunters were between the ages of 11 and 27. Similar efforts in states like Pennsylvania and Ohio, where Families Afield-related laws have been passed, are also seeing success. New data from the US Fish and Wildlife Service show young people represent ever-larger portions of America's ebbing hunting population. The ratio of hunters age 6-15 has grown nearly 4 percent since 2001. Of the three outdoor activities tracked by the federal conservation agency, only hunting showed an increase in the percentage of youth participation since 2001.--Courtesy NSSF
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|Date:||Apr 1, 2008|
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