There has been a concerning decline in both hunting and fishing in Michigan in the last few years. Detroit Free Press explores the statistics on the rapid drop in hunters, especially deer, in the past ten years.

From a high of 785,000 deer hunters in 1998, the number of licenses sold for Michigan’s firearm deer-hunting season last year was down to 621,000 — a nearly 21 percent decline. And those remaining hunters are graying, with most in their late 40s to late 60s, according to a demographic analysis conducted by Michigan Technological University. By 2035, projections are that the late-’90s rate will be cut by more than half.

You can read about the decline in Michigan deer hunting here.