There was a time in this great land when hunters and anglers were the ‘go-to’ people for concerns about environment and conservation. Those who took to the outdoors to put some meat on the table and explore the interconnectedness we all have with nature were looked up to by young and old alike for their wisdom and outdoor skill. Well, no more. Since the 1980s the number of hunters and anglers has been steadily dropping at least until the last couple of years when the free fall appears to have stopped. However, our percentage in the overall population continues to fall.
As I related in my May column in the Alberta Outdoorsmen, “Our Own Worst Enemies”, we hunters and anglers often blame others for this problem, but in actual fact, we are the cause for more people leaving these sports than are recruited. While anti-hunting and fishing groups use the news media effectively to get their messages across, we fail to see the value of spending the time and money to do so ourselves.
So, what’s wrong with that?