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Hunting is a part of the economy that's bulletproof

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Monday, September 20, 2010 - 9:17pm

When the economy is tough, and families have to cut back, the first things to go are the frills, the unnecessary expenses…you know, the fun stuff.
 

But there is one exception to the rule.
 

When budgets are tight, there’s just no room for frills. We don’t go to the movies as much, we eat out less, we just don’t have the time or money for that stuff. Well…until deer season starts that is…
 

That’s right, if there’s one sector of the economy that is…un…bulletproof, it’s hinting and fishing…outdoor sports.
 

Virtually the same number of people went hunting and fishing in 2009 as in 2008, and last year, the economy was swirling down the porcelain facility.
 

Whether the economy is up or down, that’s something for the President and Congress to argue about. But either way there’s one thing every Texas man and woman knows…we love to hunt and fish.
 

And the numbers show up in licenses…
 

“We have about one million hunters, and about a million-six fishermen.” Says Tom Newton of Texas Parks and Wildlife.
 

And Larry Lebeau, at the Nature Center run by Parks and Wildlife, told us they aren’t watching the Wall Street reports as much as the game reports…
 

“People who are buying licenses,” he said. “increasing license sales are more up this year because our wildlife population is up this year. And people see those reports.”
 

Sporting firearms, ammunition and supplies generated $19-billion in 2008. In 2009, it was $27-billion.
Part of the answer is that you can go expensive, hire a guide, lease land, and spend a wad…or you can go the cheap route…
 

“Texas has over a million acres of public hunting land,” LeBeau explained. “And with the purchase of a hunting license, an additional license can be purchased to allow you to hunt on this public land for just $48.”
 

Either way, the experience is the same and it’s one that most Texans simply won’t do without.
 

A friend of mine in General Motors management told me that years ago, they decided to add a day in early November to the official calendar of holidays for the assembly line workers.
 

It was the start of deer season, and no one was going to show up anyway.
 

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