With increased youth seasons, Families Afield legislation, and countless local sportsman’s group programs, the outdoor community has redoubled its efforts to introduce youngsters to hunting and fishing. And it’s paying off. Preliminary data from the 2006 National Surveys of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation shows that the number of young sportsman is no longer declining. Now we can set our sights on increased participation.

From The Chattanoogan:

“From 1990 to 2000 there was a steady decline in the percent of kids living at home who had ever participated in fishing and hunting,” said [U.S. Fish and Wildlife] Service economist Jerry Leonard, who authored the report. “During the last five years this decline has stabilized. Now, 42 percent of our nation’s youth have gone fishing and 8 percent have gone hunting at least once.”