Families Afield is an education and outreach program to help states create hunting opportunities for youth, so that more families may enjoy America's greatest outdoor tradition together.
If you live in or represent a state where laws or regulations restrict young people from hunting, you can join the Families Afield effort and make a difference. Success depends on partners and volunteers!
Safety first, always.
Hunting instills traditional values, connectivity with nature and healthy lifestyles.
Parents, not politics, should decide an appropriate hunting age for their children.
When introducing youths into hunting, earlier is better.
Youths experience hunting with an adult mentor, then attend a hunter education class.
Hunting is Important
Hunters pump more than $30 billion per year into the American economy, much of it directed at rural communities as hunters spend dollars on food, lodging, gas and more.
About a million jobs in America are supported by hunters.
In the last 40 years, hunters have spent $13.4 billion purchasing hunting licenses, tags and permits. This revenue supports wildlife conservation.
America's recreational hunters and shooters have paid more than $5 billion in excise taxes since 1937 to support wildlife conservation and education.
Hunter Numbers are Declining
For every 100 adult hunters today, only 69 youth hunters are coming up to take their place.
If allowed to continue, economic projections indicate funding for wildlife conservation could drop 25 percent by 2025. This decline could cause a 24 percent drop in revenue for the hunting industry.
The Families Afield Website has been developed in partnership with National Shooting Sports Foundation, U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance, National Wild Turkey Federation, Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation and the National Rifle Association.
Families Afield Initiative for Future Hunting Program © 2012