Over 30 million Americans participated in some form of shooting sports activity in 2017, and many of us consider it a passion. So why don’t we share it more? Many of us raise our kids with shooting sports, and that’s wonderful, but what about beyond that? The Outdoor Foundation reported in 2017 that the number of new Americans participating in outdoor recreational activities — things like hunting, shooting, fishing and hiking – is only narrowly outpacing the number of individuals who stop going outdoors for these types of activities every year, and it’s trending downward. Put simply: we aren’t creating a new generation of outdoor enthusiasts that will be larger than the last. If we want to continue to see growth in shooting sports, gun ownership, and participation in these outdoor recreation activities, it’s going to take some proactivity on the part of people like us who make these things a significant part of our daily lives.
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