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Is Adult Onset Hunting an Epidemic?

Gabriella Hoffman
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In the outdoor industry,  the term “adult onset hunter” is used to describe hunters who pick up the sport in adulthood.

If you digest and break down the term “adult onset hunter” on face value, it sounds like an ailment or disease. Is adult onset hunting an epidemic? Is it a condition spreading like wildlife? Is it contagious? Is it life-threatening? What are the symptoms?

Rest assured, it’s not cause for concern. In fact, the opposite is true.

More adults picking up hunting later in life should be celebrated AND encouraged.

Despite languishing participation numbers, hunting is slowly but surely making a comeback.

Unlike typical onset conditions, those who voluntarily choose to become hunters in adulthood aren’t people to worry about or be concerned with. They exhibit perfectly normal behaviors— but with more enthusiasm for waking up early, sitting in a blind, studying animal behavior, or tracking the rut.

I discuss this and more on my podcast District of Conservation today. Download on Apple Podcasts, subscribe to the RSS feed, or ListenNotes.

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