I for one grew up shooting and hunting from the time I was big enough to shoulder a rifle. My dad even built a target range in our basement, but it was limited to .22 shorts.
I now live in a rural areas where hunting is revered and during deer season every pickup truck has someone in blaze orange driving. Yesterday, I drove to my second house and saw 10 deer in the front yard. This place is crawling with them even with all the hunting. Wild turkeys abound as well, not unusual to see them in fields. Last week is saw a flock with several males doing their display, quite a sight.
I no longer hunt for a number of reasons, mostly bad knees and access, but believe it is a tradition here that will always go on. I will always treasure the times my dad took me hunting, as well as walking the fields and hedgerows looking for pheasant and quail. A couple of years ago I traded my Beretta shotgun to a guy for painting my homes windows. Broke my heart, but at least now it is being used by someone who truly appreciates it. He brought me some venison. Only shotgun hunting of deer allowed here.
Have a blackpowder replica Pennsylvania flintlock my dad gave me a few years ago, fun to shoot, not sure if I could hit anything with it though.
Back to topic, around here I think the explosion of the deer population, due to lack of predators, has gotten even more people interested in hunting, as well as the realization that good untainted meat is better for you. You don't even have to be able to butcher your own meat here as there are people who will do that for a relatively small fee.