Wildlife Watchers Outnumber Hunters

Although the following article centers around Montana, a study conducted by USDA Forest Service  released last year shows that individuals living in the U.S. are becoming increasingly more likely to observe or photograph nature than they are to fish, hunt, or participate in other traditional outdoor activities http://www.srs.fs.usda.gov/pubs/40453.

LAURA LUNDQUIST, Chronicle Staff Writer September 15, 2013 

Autumn can seem distant if you’re a hunter with a license burning a hole in your pocket and more than a month left until rifle season.

Big-game rifle hunters must bide their time, sighting in their scopes or scouting their locations while waiting for Oct. 26. Meanwhile, bird hunters and archers are already out in the fields, enduring summer temperatures as they make the best of the time they have.

Such has been the fall ritual for many Montanans.

But just as fall now has fewer cool days, it also has fewer hunters.

That doesn’t bode well for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, which depends on sportsmen’s dollars.

FWP is reassessing its finances to decide how much to increase license fees to manage wildlife through another decade. The dwindling number of sportsmen may require FWP to turn to a new funding pool: the nongame user.

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  1. Madeline September 27, 2013 2:26 pm

    For related excellent discussion, google to find Kenn Kaufman’s recent blog on why birders buy the Federal Duck Stamp!

  2. Mary W-D September 27, 2013 10:36 am

    very interesting article as well as commentary following it (particularly by Chris339 and Ingrid)