By Leigh Ann Bodenchuk, Editorial AssistantEditor's note: If present trends continue, the future of hunting is in doubt. And as baby boomers age and eventually leave the sport and the overall numbers of hunters decline, so do the vital conservation programs that depend on revenues from license sales and excise taxes on hunting and shooting supplies and equipment. A new program called R3 intends to grow the sport for the future. Here at
The Hunting Report, we strongly support this initiative and we've asked Editorial Assistant Leigh Ann Bodenchuk to look into it.
As a hunter, you are likely to hear a lot about R3 (recruitment, retention, and reactivation) in the near future. As a proactive measure to increase hunting participation, many states have created programs to recruit new hunters, retain hunters already in the field, and reactivate those who have dropped out. R3 is the theme for this year's National Hunting and Fishing Day (established by President Nixon in 1972) and a major focus of many shooting and hunting organizations.
An initiative of the Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports (www.cahss.org
), R3 is largely made up of industry groups, NGOs such as the Wildlife Management Institute, state wildlife agencies and the US Fish and Wildlife Service....