Brody and I are huge college football fans. When we are not hunting whitetails in the fall or during a lunch break back at the house or at the local bar, we are watching college football. What makes college football so great, and the exact reason people love the sport so much is because of the many great traditions. College Gameday every Saturday morning, Nebraska vs. Iowa every Black Friday (GBR!!!), Ohio State vs Michigan, Clemson and Howard’s Rock. The list could go on and on.
Hunting, like college football, has many great traditions. Open day of rifle season, hunting camps, gathering around the local deer check station to see how successful everyone was. And many traditions that are specific to a family or group of hunters. But are those traditions actually risking the future of hunting for the next generation?
Skimming through the Spring 2021 Issue of North American Whitetail Magazine I read through an article by Dr. James Kroll entitled Return to Venison. He spoke of how millions of acres and forest were converted to farmland over the last 200 years and how the landscape has drastically changed.
Throughout that time and still today, hunter numbers continue to decline. That continues to be a separate issue and definitely an issue that needs to be addressed. Many hunting related shows and podcasts, as well as pretty much every game and parks commission in every state are trying to find ways to address that issue. But, back to the original issue.