September 27, 2020

How Much Is A Hunter Worth? A Closer Look At Sunday Hunting

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When I set out to do this report I had every intention of putting all my facts and figures together and posting my story right here at the Black Bear Blog. After I began, it became crystal clear that it would be too long and detailed to use here, so I posted it at Maine Hunting Today as a feature story.

I began this debate the other day with a post about how Sunday hunting may affect the length of the season. I gave you a copy of an email I received from Lee Kantar, wildlife biologist with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. You can read that post here.

There is at least one other issue that has bothered me for some time and so I tackled it to see if I could come up with some answers. Consequently I think I arrived at a place where I have more questions now than answers but I learned a lot and am going to share with you about it.

The issue in question has to do with a statement I have heard from various sources over the years. The statement goes something like this, “Any state that doesn’t offer Sunday hunting is losing millions of dollars in revenue from hunters and in particular non-resident hunters”. In my attempt to find someone who could support that statement with some facts, I always seem to come away empty handed. So I rolled up my sleeves and went digging.

The article I have done looks at a lot of data that I was able to collect. Being a bit of a numbers freak, I began to see some interesting indications coming from this research. Interesting doesn’t always mean conclusive evidence.

What I wanted to find out was if Sunday hunting really had that big of an affect on the economies of states that have it versus those that don’t. I will tell you that I can’t say I proved one way or the other but I did learn exactly how much you mean to your state’s economy every year you buy a hunting license and head into the woods.

I hope that you will take the time to read the article. It is one of those things that you can read several times and study often and each time I guarantee you’ll find things that will make you think.

Within the article I left a link to one report where I got a lot of my information. Go there and take at look at numbers for yourself and draw your own conclusions. I think you’ll be glad you did.

Tom Remington

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