How many on here are in college?
I'm guessing it's not a large population.
Jump on facebook groups for hunting/hunting in PA and you'll find a lot more in younger age brackets. I'm in those groups, and there is a definite shift in ages, it seems. Hard to know for sure, but that's the impression I get. It's actually fairly clear in the social media circles, but it's less so here...that's what makes the comparison challenging.
As a parent of a soon-to-be college student, I can tell you with 100% certainty that is a concern of hers. I told her she may very well hunt less in those years of her life, depending on where she goes, etc. Or she might hunt more.....it's just not possible to know until she's in it and we start to figure it out. But her worry is...her exact words... "what if I can't hunt and then don't ever come back to it?"
Now....the fact she asks the question means there's a good chance I'll be able to keep her involved. If she was good with dropping it from her life, she wouldn't be concerned.
But she is, and that gives me some hope.
That said, I simply said to her "hey, they're thinking of making the rifle opening day on Saturday instead of Monday."
Her answer "Oh cool...so I could hunt 2 days before going back to school? I hope they do it!"
A single point of info. It's not a trend. You can't make decisions on it, but there is one datum point.