Hunting licenses soar as virus-weary Americans head outdoors

By JOHN FLESHER and ANNA LIZ NICHOLS Associated Press

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Wildlife officials in many states are issuing lots more hunting and fishing licenses this year — apparently because of the coronavirus.

Americans who are weary of being cooped up at home and wearing masks elsewhere are taking refuge in outdoors sports that offer safety and solitude.

In Michigan, the number of people getting hunting licenses for the first time in at least five years has jumped 80 percent.

The trend has reversed a steady decline in hunting's popularity that once appeared permanent. And it's providing a potential new source of food for families and food banks pressed by the pandemic.

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