Hunting, fishing tradition
Last week, I read with some dismay, an article by a sports journalist of the growing unpopularity of hunting and fishing amongst our younger people. I think sportsmen clubs and the state have been tracking this trend for quite some time.
I remember going deer hunting for the first time when I was fourteen years old and never looked back. That first year for me there was no cell phone, no warm sorrel boots and on old army rifle with open sights. I sat in a homemade stand made out of birch logs. Just me and my thoughts and the animals. This last year was the first time I didn’t hunt and that ends a streak of fifty some years. My reasons for not hunting had to do with health concerns not a lack of desire. My son has followed in my footsteps and is an avid out doors man as is one of his two sons.
The world has changed and it has changed most dramatically for our young people. Despite warmer clothing, foot and hand warmers, and metal stands with padded seats and heaters. G.P.S locators and communications from stand to stand with others and 4 wheelers to cart everything in and out of the woods they are turning their backs on the sport.
I doubt that there is much we can do to counteract the allure of X Boxes video games and all of the other electronic devices that now occupy their time. Couple this with sports like hockey and unforgiving coaches when it comes to sharing time. Dads and moms who work conflicting schedules and the pure cost of the sport in gear, licenses and fees and you can see why it’s on its way out. Another American tradition lost to a new way of life. Sad.