that would be compelling if the data could show that simply missing the opener cause them to quit. And if there is enough data to show they wonít loose other hunters over it.
Iíd also expect those who lived through a similar situation and didnít quit to say ďsuck it upĒ
I went to college. I "lived through a similar situation and didn't quit."
I will not say "suck it up."
I have a kid in her junior year in HS. She likes to hunt.
She said to me this year, actually... "So, what am I going to do when I'm in college? How will I get to hunt?"
I told her we'd do what we could, but it depends on where she goes and how far away it is and other such things.
And hey, there's people who go into careers or the military who lose the ability to hunt opening day for years as well.
BUT....If we COULD improve retention of hunters who go to college and drift away, wouldn't we want to try it?
You're seemingly looking for a guaranteed return on investment. That simply doesn't exist in anything, anywhere, at any time. "How we've always done it" has shepherded us quite successfully through a peak of 1.2 million hunters and down to 900,000 hunters.
Selfishly, it'd be great to lose 50% of that number and throw open the doors on all our seasons...lots of tags, lots of days to hunt like they have in other areas of the country. Wouldn't that be awesome? For....a generation. Or two. And then the piper would demand his payment at the cost of hunting as a whole.
I do value tradition. The tradition of hunting in PA. I'm willing to take some chances on "investments" (changes) to help improve the outlook of hunting. You don't get rich off one day of training or one meeting of a college class, but get a degree or technical certification and you've improved your marketability as an asset to an employer...which improves your earning potential...which gives you financial freedom to explore other endeavors, make other investments, etc....to accumulate wealth....to get rich.
But it's a lot of small things that add up to big things over time. Not doing them also adds up...in the opposite direction.
You go out to eat, and man it's good food. You eat a LOT. I mean...you're stuffed.
Will you gain 50lbs?
If you do that every weekend, yes, you'll gain 50 (or more) pounds.
You ate a salad one day. Did you lose 50lbs? No. And you won't.
Unless you eat better for a sustained period of time.
Little changes, little increments....