Too many expenses and too few hunters carrying on the tradition means the end of an era for what was once the oldest and largest sportsman’s club in the state of Oklahoma.

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The Sportsman’s Country Club in Oklahoma City has brought hunters and fishermen together for decades. But now, Oklahoma’s oldest hunting club is up for auction. The club closed a couple of weeks ago, officials said, because of overhead costs, declining interest in the sport and even the drought has been to blame. The club’s history is priceless but in two weeks, everything on the property will have a price tag. “It’s quite a lot of history here,” Louis Dakil said, President of Dakil Auctioneers, Inc. “If these walls could talk, you’d hear a lot.” The walls of Sportsman’s Country Club would have stories to tell dating back to the end of World War II in the 1940s.

According to the story, the club and all its assets are going up for auction. Declining membership and higher lease rates are to blame for the club’s demise, even as hunting is enjoying something of a resurgence nationwide. How are traditional hunting clubs in your area doing? Growing or closing?