Just read a survey of state wildlife agencies by Archery Business magazine. Last year 3.64 million archery licenses were sold. The highest ever. In addition, last year saw the largest increase, year to year, of the last ten years.
See alot of dicussion in this forum about disgruntled hunters leaving our sport. Participation in archery remains strong, even here in Pa. There may be a point in time that we see archer numbers higher than those that participate exclsuively in firearms. I believe in Ohio, 80% of all deer hunters archery hunt. Currently in Pa. we have about 42% of deer hunters that archery hunt with that number growing yearly.
I support all hunters, regardless of weapon or technique!
well I think that goes hand in hand with people populations continueing to grow and the dreaded urban sprawl. This is just putting more and more regulation on firearm hunting but it is good to see bowhunters will have a strong voice for years to come.
Also in Ohio 36% of the total deer harvest was by bows/crossbows last year. Pa is about half of that I'm guessing. Over half of the deer taken in archery season in Ohio are by crossbows. I expect Pa's archery season to mimic that trend going forward.
I guess I will be the bad guy for this post.
I really do not like the thought of there being more archery hunters than rifle hunters some day in PA.
In a way I can compare it to the flintlock season. I am sure one of the main reason why guys like that season, (myself included) is that the woods are not as crowded. This is the same reason why I was drawn to the archery season. Less crowds.
I guess times are really changing and it is something I anm going to have to just get use to.
If a major increase in archery hunters in PA help save hunting, I guess it is for the best.
At one time, we sold about 325,000 archery permits. That was before the junior combo tag was brought in. But, we still aren't saturated with bowhunters. Maybe some areas, but as a whole, 300,000 bowhunters, if we reach that, isn't a bad thing.
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