Good News in Ohio: Lifetime Hunting and Fishing Licenses Now for Sale

Welcome news for Ohio hunters and anglers: multiyear and lifetime hunting and fishing licenses are now available in that state.

Ohio’s Department of Natural Resources said the sale of the licenses to state residents began Tuesday, and 3-year, 5-year, 10-year and lifetime licenses are available.

This is good news for hunters and anglers, and assuredly a smart move by the state to encourage the sport; a 2016 survey by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows that today only about 5 percent of Americans 16 years old and older actually hunt.

“That’s half of what it was 50 years ago, and the decline is expected to accelerate over the next decade,” noted NPR (National Public Radio).

Other outdoor activities like birdwatching, hiking and wildlife photography are rapidly growing in popularity, however.

“The shift is being welcomed by some who morally oppose the sport,” noted NPR, but it’s also leading to a “crisis.”

The country’s wildlife conservation system — as well as individual state wildlife efforts — are heavily dependent on sportsmen for funding.

License fees and excise taxes on guns, ammunition and angling equipment provide about 60 percent of the funding for state wildlife agencies, and they “manage most of the wildlife in the U.S,” noted NPR.

Many animal activists would like to see an end to hunting all together.

“This unnecessary, violent form of ‘entertainment’ rips animal families apart and leaves countless animals orphaned or badly injured when hunters miss their targets,” says PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) on their website.

Several months ago President Trump’s eldest son, Don Trump Jr., posted a photo of his 6-year-old son, Tristan, playing with a bow and arrow — which garnered many comments about child safety.

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Tristan didn’t just dominate the driving range today. He also did great on the archery range. He’s just good at whatever he does athletically. Proud dad. #archery #golf #kidsgolf #kids #weekend

A post shared by Donald Trump Jr. (@donaldjtrumpjr) on Jun 30, 2018 at 5:50pm PDT

Unfazed, Trump Jr. followed that up with a snapshot of his son, 9-year-old Donnie, holding a double-barreled shotgun.

According to Trump Jr., the photo was taken during a duck-hunting trip last season when he and the “best hunting buddy out there” were in Texas.

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Donnie helping me

Source:: LifeZette

      

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