Here is a great article on the need to “maintain hunting, angling, and outdoor recreation in a rapidly changing America”, as per TRCP’s CEO, Whit Fosburgh.
Several stats from the article:
According to a 2011 survey by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), more than 37 million U.S. residents age 16 and older participated in hunting and/or fishing. Almost 12 million children from ages 6 to 15 also hunted and/or fished, making the overall number of hunters and anglers about 49 million. Collectively, sportsmen and women spent almost $90 billion to pursue those passions.
As a lifelong hunter and angler, we rely on solid, conservation-minded individuals to continue to fight the good fight when it comes to ensuring wild, public lands and waters are enjoyed and accessible for years to come. My five year old son is a perfect example of the next generation who will grow up in an area (we live in Bozeman, Montana) where the outdoors is literally out our backdoor – mountains and rivers, trails and paths and wide open wildness – require only a 10-minute drive to dive into. I cannot wait for the day when he joins me on his first hunt, or studies a rising trout with intent; but, all of it hinges on those opportunities and wide open spaces being there for him, and countless others, to enjoy and cherish.