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Youth & Outdoor Recreation: Getting Young People Involved with Hunting, Fishing & Outdoor Pursuits


Fewer young people today take part in Maine’s traditional outdoor sports than previous generations. The number of youth hunting licenses, for example, fell 40% from 2002 to 2017. Why is this? We’ll discuss youth hunting, archery, camping and hiking, all of which have a long history and tradition in Maine, as well as what programs are available statewide. Outdoor writer George Smith will call in to share his memories of being a kid experiencing the outdoors and why he feels it matters.


Matt Dunlap, Maine secretary of state; founder and vice president, Maine's Youth Fish and Game Association; columnist, Northwoods Sporting Journal; former executive director, Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine

Katie Yates, recruitment, retention and reactivation coordinator, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife

George Smith (by phone), lifelong hunter and angler, former executive director, Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine; columnist, Kennebec Journal; outdoor blogger, Bangor Daily News

Ronald Fournier (by phone), director, UMaine 4-H Camp and Learning Centers

John Holyoke (by phone), outdoors columnist, Bangor Daily News