Hunter International, a US hunting company, has confirmed it will be closing a number of its hunting operations in the coming months due to the recent changes to the industry.
Hunter CEO Paul G. Hunt told the Daily Beast that in the wake of a series of recent changes in the US hunting industry, the company will be shutting down some of its facilities in order to better align with current hunting standards.
Hunt said: “The company is in a position to do this, because we’ve got a lot of business and we’re looking to be more aligned with hunting standards and regulations, so we’ll be doing a lot more in the next couple of years to better match the hunting standards in the states where we’re operating, as well as in the United States.”
Hunt’s decision comes after several years of declining hunting numbers.
A 2015 study found that US hunters shot just 4.5 million deer in 2015.
Hunters shot just 1.8 million in 2016, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
The company also said that hunting was down in most of the world, despite some notable exceptions, such as in Australia and South Africa, where the number of hunters increased.
Hunter International said in a statement that it is continuing to develop new products to increase the profitability of the business, including the introduction of new products in 2018.
Hunter is also working on a plan to expand its hunting network and expand to other areas of the United Kingdom, which is set to be opened to hunters in 2021.
Hunter said in its statement that the company is committed to creating a positive environment for hunters and hunters-in-training, and will be offering opportunities for hunters to share their hunting experiences in a professional and meaningful way.
Hunter’s closing follows that of the US company, Big Sky Outdoor.
Last month, the US Forest Service announced that it was removing two million acres from public lands for hunting in 2019 and 2020, and that a third of the country’s national forests were set to go into conservation for the first time since the agency was created in 1976.