YOUTH HUNTING ON THE RISE
The US Fish & Wildlife survey reports that the number of male hunters decreased in the last survey year. Interestingly, the number of female hunters increased a small percentage nationwide to 1.2 million. The really great news is that the growing segment is in the under 16 years of age group, which actually increased! Good news for the sportsman hoping that the hunting tradition will be carried on in America! Proof of this may be in today's photo .
Hailey Nagel, 9 years old, is the daughter of Jamie and Sarah Nagel. You may recognize Jamie as one of the volunteers from the Southern Illinois Buckmasters chapter who came out on September 1 to help clean birds. In the days following, Hailey came on a dove hunt with her Dad and shot her very first dove. She couldn't have been more excited if it had been a trophy buck. Congratulations, Hailey.