Think about this for a minute, how many people enjoy the outdoors.In 2006 over 12.5 million people 16 years old and older enjoyed hunting. This represents approximately 5% of the total US population.
Now, let’s do some rough math. Round up the legal voting age to 18. so, take off a pertanceage that those 1% of the hunters can’t hunt that gives hunters a 4% to make their voices heard in the voting process.
Approximently only 16% of Americans vote. If only 25% of hunters which is a high turn out vote that whittles down the percent to 1%.
The national survey shows hunting is predominantly a white male activity. Ninety-one percent of all hunters are men, 96 percent are white, 2 percent are black and 2 percent are “all others”. Three percent are Hispanic and 97 percent are non-Hispanic.
In 2005, the hunting initiation rate for children in non-Hispanic homes was three times greater than in Hispanic homes. The initiation rate was five times higher in white households than in non-white households.
Ten percent of all men 16 and older hunted in 2005, while 1 percent of the female population hunted. The number of men who hunt has declined by 12.7 percent since the 1991 survey, but the number of women is up by 8.5 percent.
We need to be active in the voting process and more, call your leaders and make our voice heard. Be active not reactive, educate yourself before you go to the polls. We are small but everyone has a voice, let it be heard!