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Number of hunters declines

'Initiation rite' dying, some say

The Associated Press Posted on Sun, Nov. 27, 2005

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The call of the wild may be getting drowned out by the siren song of the video game.

That's the concern of hunters and wildlife officials in North Carolina, where interest in the outdoor sport has dropped dramatically in recent years.

Last year, 305,000 hunting licenses were sold, compared with more than 450,000 licenses sold in 2000, the N.C. Wildlife Commission says. The drop is mirrored across the country.

Why that's happening is unclear, though participants advanced some theories at a symposium held by the commission last month.

Some suggested that urban sprawl and shrinking hunting lands could be to blame, commission spokesman Brad Deen said.

Others cited a bigger problem: the lack of young hunters.

The wildlife agency says the number of hunters aged 18 to 24 has dropped by more than a third in the past decade across the nation.

"There seems to be a lot less leisure time for both kids and adults," Deen said. "And there are so many competing activities."

Carlton Murrey, president of the newly formed WNC Sportsman Federation, said the current generation of hunters isn't passing down its love.

"Younger generations are playing more video games and watching TV rather than going out in the woods," he said. "Hunting is a powerful initiation rite that we no longer use."

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