There was a time when it was virtually unheard of for an employee in a state game agency not to be a hunter.
The same could be said of students who enrolled in wildlife management programs in colleges and universities across the country. They chose that curriculum because they wanted a way to turn their passion for hunting or fishing into a career.
Today, however, roughly half of students graduating with wildlife management degrees have never hunted a day in their lives. Many students have never handled a firearm, never been around hunting, and have no idea of hunting’s importance as either a management tool or a cultural tradition. These new students are more likely to be backpackers, bikers and wildlife watchers than hunters.