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Uninterested Youngsters Blamed For NC Hunting Drop

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.

Associated Press


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