It’s no secret that the number of hunters in the U.S. is declining. We’ve gone from 40 million licensed hunters in 1970 to around 12 million today, according to one source. That’s a decline of more than two thirds in less than 50 years. If hunters were a species, we’d be on the “threatened” list and closing in fast on “endangered.” Reasons commonly cited for this precipitous decline range from loss of habitat to higher divorce rates, changes in entertainment, more complicated regulations, and the difficulty of recruiting new hunters. Any way you slice it, however, it’s bad news. If nothing else, fewer hunters means fewer people willing to fight for hunter’s rights and to keep land open to hunters. And if you don’t fight for something you love, you won’t hold onto it long.