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155,591 The combined sales last year for South Carolina's five most popular hunting licenses, a 9 percent drop since 1999

65,954 FBI background checks for rifle and shotgun sales in South Carolina in 2008, an 18 percent drop since 1999

12.5 million U.S. residents who said in 2006 that they hunt, a 4 percent drop since 2001-2006 and an 11 percent drop since 1991

SOURCE: The S.C. Department of Natural Resources, the FBI and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service