WFMY News - Greensboro, NC
Created: 11/24/2005 12:49:10 PM
Updated: 11/24/2005 12:51:02 PM
Asheville, NC -- If the North Carolina woods seem a little more
crowded these days, blame the critters, not the humans.
State wildlife officials say the number of hunters is declining.
Almost 150,000 fewer hunting licenses were sold last year compared to
the year 2000. Experts think part of the change is due to urbanization
and the loss of hunting lands. But they also say fewer young people
are getting involved in the sport.
Carlton Murrey is president of the newly formed Western North
Carolina Sportsman Federation. He says younger people would rather
stay inside and watch TV or play video games than prowl the chilly
woods with a shotgun.
Brad Deen of the state wildlife commission says the agency would
like to see more people hunting, because it relies on hunters to keep
the deer population under control.
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