GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Hunting wildlife has long been ingrained in Michigan’s culture, but it is currently on a decline across the state.
The decline is partly due to more baby boomers aging out. Young adults, urbanites and others are also far less likely to participate in hunting.
Michigan had as many as 1.2 million hunters in the 1970s, ’80s and into the ’90s. But MLive.com reported Sunday that by 2018, less than 675,000 people had at least one hunting license in the state.
Fishing also is on a downward trend. And officials with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources say the drops are impacting the state’s conservation efforts.
Hunting and fishing fees account for more than 90% of the state agency’s $42 million wildlife conservation budget.
Firearm deer-hunting season in Michigan begins Nov. 15.
Information from: The Grand Rapids Press:MLive.com