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Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Cumberland County 5A
If not mistaken, the percentage of BBs taken each year, seldom varies much and never has?
I can't make out some of the dates on the charts, but the primary reason for a decline by the latter 1980s, was the gradual loss of hunters in the WWII/Korean War era age group. I think the last year my dad bought a license was around 1989.
He was 69 years old that year, was more interested in heading to FL for six months, than sticking around to hunt. My son started hunting in 1986, so pappy hung around for a few more years to bring the kid to camp for deer, then haul him back home for school.
My dad's generation did a great job of bringing us baby boomers into the hunting fraternity, but many of those in my age group are already in our early 70s and as we age out, the decline is guaranteed to continue.
Because so many of us didn't bring along our kids and grand kids, like our parents did, starting in the late 1950s and for years afterwards. Dozens of reasons why hunter numbers have declined, all of which have been discussed here for years. A supposed lack of deer shouldn't even make the top ten.
Some folks' learnin' curves just look like circles...3A Camp/also hunt 4B