The Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources is attempting to increase hunting and fishing licenses this year.
Lonnie Nelson, KDFWR recruitment and retention manager, says a 2003 Responsive Management study found that America's youth said the number one person they preferred to hunt or fish with was their father. The second choice for hunting was a grandfather while the second preference for fishing was a friend. The number three person for hunting was an uncle while for fishing it was the mother.
"The primary group of people with whom we are experiencing loss of license sales is the adult males ages 18 to 35," said Nelson. "But families fishing and hunting together extends into adulthood and young, single adults or married couples that grew up in an outdoor family should enjoy an opportunity to continue that tradition."
Nelson notes that children can also spend time hunting and fishing with their aging parents or grandparents. He also said that when people relocate far from their immediate family, hunting and fishing can be a good way to make new friends.