Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN News Hunting

Spiking Interest in Hunting Due to Pandemic?

Monday, November 23, 2020

Spiking Interest in Hunting Due to Pandemic?

Americans have been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic for the vast majority of 2020, and depending on what state one lives in, the impact on daily life has varied from relatively benign to approaching draconian. Regardless of how any particular governing authority has responded, everyone in our country has had to make some sort of adjustment to how they operate day-to-day.

While the message of social distancing, wearing masks, and avoiding indoor activities have permeated the nation, it seems that many are choosing to break the bonds of being isolated—whether voluntarily or by virtual government mandate—in their own homes.

The great escape? Hunting.

Getting out in nature, where one is naturally socially distant, to hunt game is one of our nations oldest and greatest pastimes. And now it appears to be seeing a resurgence, as Americans decide to either explore this activity as a new experience, or decide to renew their interest in a part of their past they let lie fallow.

According to some reports, several states are seeing a spike in the sale of hunting licenses. Along with the unprecedented increase in the sale of firearms this year, it would appear that there is a rebirth in the interest in our great hunting heritage.

Clearly, much of the increase in firearms sales is due to concern over personal safety during uncertain times, but an increased interest in hunting has also contributed to the rise in Americas ownership of firearms.

In Michigan, the Department of Natural Resources reported a nearly 10% increase in hunting licenses as of November 11, when compared to the same time last year. Even more impressive, there was an 80% increase reported for licenses acquired for the first time in five years—and many of those are likely first-time-ever licenses. Licenses for female hunters are up 20%, and up 18% for those aged nine or younger.

Zane Goucher, a Michigan resident, hunted as a child in Maine with his father, but had not taken to the field in 22 years.

Id been meaning to get back into it but never did,” he told the AP. COVID-19 led to a number of changes in daily life, including seeing his four children having to undergo online schooling, so Goucher decided to get back into hunting, with the pandemics impact giving him that boost to make it happen.”

Zane recently took to the field again, along with his 12-year-old daughter, as Michigans firearm deer hunting season opened. Along with getting his kids into the great outdoors, the impact on Goucher was a reawakening, kinda gets me back to my roots.”

Wisconsin, meanwhile, has seen similar increases. Archery hunting licenses are up 12%, and firearm hunting licenses have seen a 9.5% increase.

Is this a national trend? Its hard to say, as many states will not have numbers to report until the end of the year. But for many of those states where numbers are available, it appears the interest in hunting is on the rise. Maine, for example, has reported deer hunting permits have set a new state record, while Nevada and Vermont have also experienced a significant rise in hunting.

Getting out of the house, after months of isolation, is certainly a good thing to improve your mental and physical health. But getting out into nature, and taking part in our great hunting heritage, has even greater benefits; and not just for the individual hunter.

Hunters are not just integral to sound wildlife management practices, but they also help those who are less fortunate. Programs like NRAs Hunters for the Hungry have long helped those who may have difficulty feeding themselves or their family. By contributing meat from their successful hunts to food banks, generous hunters help the needy. During times like these, that generosity may be more important than ever. Of course, COVID-19 has impacted such programs, so any hunters that wish to donate their harvest should check local operations to be aware of any new rules that may apply in order for them to assist those in need.

We may not know until next year if an increase in the interest in hunting this year is a truly national trend, and a bright spot in a tumultuous 2020. Initial reports, however, look encouraging.

IN THIS ARTICLE
Hunting Covid-19
TRENDING NOW
NRA Scores Legal Victory Against ATF; “Pistol Brace Rule” Enjoined From Going Into Effect Against NRA Members

Monday, April 1, 2024

NRA Scores Legal Victory Against ATF; “Pistol Brace Rule” Enjoined From Going Into Effect Against NRA Members

NRA Members Among the Largest Class Protected from Draconian Rule

New Orleans Tries an End-run around Constitutional Carry

News  

Monday, July 8, 2024

New Orleans Tries an End-run around Constitutional Carry

Louisiana Governor Jeff Landry (R) assumed office on January 8 of this year and wasted no time working to protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Louisianans. 

The UN’s Circle of Life

News  

Monday, July 8, 2024

The UN’s Circle of Life

The United Nation’s Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat, and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons In All Its Aspects (PoA) is now almost 23 years old.

Crime Prevention Research Center: Carry Laws Don’t Increase Gun Theft, Decrease Police Effectiveness

News  

Monday, July 8, 2024

Crime Prevention Research Center: Carry Laws Don’t Increase Gun Theft, Decrease Police Effectiveness

Gun-control groups campaign against right-to-carry laws by claiming that guns carried in public pose a substantial threat to public safety, and that concealed carry permitting laws lead to more violent crime, not less.

New Hampshire: Critical Pro-Gun Privacy Bill Signed Into Law

Friday, July 12, 2024

New Hampshire: Critical Pro-Gun Privacy Bill Signed Into Law

On Friday, July 12th, Governor Chris Sununu (R-New Hampshire) signed HB 1186, "an act relative to firearm purchaser's privacy."

NRA Files Legal Challenge to California’s Excise Tax on Firearm and Ammunition Sales

News  

Tuesday, July 2, 2024

NRA Files Legal Challenge to California’s Excise Tax on Firearm and Ammunition Sales

Today, the National Rifle Association of America (NRA), together with the Second Amendment Foundation, Firearms Policy Coalition, and California Rifle & Pistol Association, filed a lawsuit challenging California’s 11% excise tax on gross ...

Grassroots Spotlight: AF Boyer Hardware Store

Take Action  

Monday, July 8, 2024

Grassroots Spotlight: AF Boyer Hardware Store

A fortunate group of NRA members and staff was recently afforded the opportunity to step back in time!

No, children are not more likely to die by guns than motor vehicles

News  

Monday, April 24, 2023

No, children are not more likely to die by guns than motor vehicles

Another year brings about another opportunity for gun control activists and their media lackeys to manipulate CDC fatal injury data to push a misleading factoid on children and firearms.

Supreme Court Deals Major Blow to Executive Branch Overreach

Saturday, June 29, 2024

Supreme Court Deals Major Blow to Executive Branch Overreach

On Friday, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo and overturned Chevron U. S. A. Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. While the Loper Bright case dealt with the ...

NRA Proven Right Again: Surgeon General Vivek Murthy Outs Himself as an Anti-Gun Hack

News  

Monday, July 1, 2024

NRA Proven Right Again: Surgeon General Vivek Murthy Outs Himself as an Anti-Gun Hack

There was a LOT of vindication going around last week for those opposed to the Biden cabal and the ongoing deceptions it has perpetrated (in collusion with the legacy media) against the American public. 

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -

More Like This From Around The NRA

NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.