Last month, we gave you the bad news—that preliminary data from the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2006 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife Associated Recreation showed a drop in hunter numbers.

Here’s the good news, from Pittsburgh’s Post-Gazette:

Responsive Management Inc., a social research firm that specializes in natural resource matters, found earlier this year that 78 percent of Americans support hunting as an outdoor activity, up from 73 percent since 1995. Eighty percent of respondents indicated that “hunting has a legitimate place in modern society.” Meanwhile, the percentage of Americans who say they disapprove of hunting declined from 22 percent in 1995 to 16 percent today.