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by Michael C. Bolton
August 19,2012 | Source: al.com
The number of hunters and fishermen in the United States has been in a steady decline for two decades. The number tumbled from about 40 million in 1991 to 34 million in 2006.
The announcement by U.S. Fish and Wildlife last week that the decline had been reversed was one you'd think would make game and fish directors across the U.S. jump for joy. Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries director Fred Harders says Alabama might be an exception and he's going to wait for more information before he gets too far off the ground.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife released its preliminary report of the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation. It not only showed that the decline in hunters and fishermen had halted, it showed that the numbers for both sportsmen's groups were up dramatically in 2011.
The report said the number of licensed hunters in the U.S. had increased by 9 percent since its previous survey in 2006. The number of licensed fishermen increased by 11 percent during that time. Harders said license sales in this state indicate no such increase in hunters or fishermen. He prefaced that statement by saying it is possible there has been an increase in hunters and fishermen in the over-65 age category. Licenses are not required in that category so
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