States Aim for Young Hunters

W. Virgina passes law OKing hunting classes in school, others may follow
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2008 8:40 AM CST
States are trying to get more young people interested in hunting. They are concerned about losing tradition, about losing revenue from hunting permits, and about rising deer numbers leading to vehicular...   ((c) snappybex)
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(Newser) – West Virginia is trying to reverse a decline in hunting by bringing it into the classroom, the New York Times reports. The state, which has seen a 20% drop in hunting permits in the last decade, has passed a bill allowing hunting education in schools where enough students express interest. “For us, guns and hunting was a way of life,” said a gun shop owner. “A lot of places seem to be losing that, and we need to bring it back.”

Six other states are considering similar laws; 17 states have created apprentice licenses to try to lure youngsters away from electronic games and into the great outdoors. Not everyone is concerned about hunting's decline: a Humane Society spokesman notes that the number of people watching wildlife rather than shooting it is on the rise.