As the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance reports that more than 11,000 apprentice hunting licenses have already been sold in Michigan and Ohio, Traverse City Record Eagle outdoor columnist Bruce Bischoff poses a timely question. In a column entitled, Are Special Youth Hunts Unfair, he writes:

_I’ll admit I’m a bit ambivalent on the youth hunt. On one hand, I hope to see the fraternity of hunters thrive and survive into the future — and that means recruiting youths to the sport.

On the other hand, the easier things come, the less they often mean. When you have to pay your dues, you tend to appreciate things more._

Clearly, with expanding youth-hunt opportunities and Families Afield legislation, there is a move to make outdoor participation easier for youth. But are we making it too easy?