HEPPNER, Ore. (AP) - The state is continuing to see a decline in the number of people applying for hunting tags. Applications for the recently concluded deer season were at their lowest since 1998, and applications for upcoming elk season are the lowest since 1997. State wildlife officials say the baby boom generation is aging and they hunt in greater numbers than Generation X. A declining interest has been noted throughout the West, with much of it traced to a lack of free time and competition from other forms of recreation. Officials and hunters also say fewer private landowners are letting people hunt on their land, and those restrictions are curtailing interest.