I attended a two day course for a total of twelve hours with my 11yr old and my 15yr old. I did not need to take the course but as a matter of support did so. It is required in the state of Maine that you take this course in order to hunt with a bow at any age unless you are grandfathered. I fall into that catagory. I am happy to say that both of my boys passed the test with a 96 for my 15yr old and a 86 for my 11yr old. Now when they turn sixteen they can hunt on there own instead of having to be in eye shot of me. I learned allot about the state that bow hunting and gun hunting is in. Numbers have been declining dramatically over the years and we had a good conversation with a game warden as to why. The game warden was very outspoken and concerned about this and asked the class of 40+ why. People spoke of video games, lack of father figure, interst in general dropping off etc. The warden mentioned that they have a program during the summer that has kids and parents come to a local fish and game club to try archery, fishing, all terrain vehicles, rifle range and clay pigeons. Interest in 2002 was overwhelming with over 250 kids showing up to enjoy the day. In fact we had to turn them away! They each got a hot dog, cheesburger, soda along with a goody bag from Kittery Trading Post and LLBean that included a hat and a tshirt all for free! Last year the numbers have declined to 40 to 50 participants! What do you think is going on? I told the warden that I would post it to this group as I know you will and can provide feedback. Pennsylvania runs 40 to 50 of these events a year with great success. Advertising for this event is done in our local papers and postings at all the fish and game clubs in our area along with stores and post offices. What do ya think? After sending I just saw the "going down thread" sorry!