Hunting Still a Money Maker Despite Recession
The Rocky Mountain Front in Montana has a coalition to protect it and that coalition states they need more legislation to help. The Rocky Mountain Front attracts many hunters every year, and that is a multi-million dollar influx every hunting season. Money is spent on a variety of venues; bars, restaurants, stores, etc. During the recession there has been a lot of economic loss, but annually the hunting revenue keeps coming back.
Five Montana sportsmen said in a teleconference call Tuesday that the hunting industry is a rare economic bright spot in the current recession, and called the Front a poster child of this sustainable economic engine.
The Coalition to Protect the Rocky Mountain Front used 5 years of data collected by FWP, using the consumer price index showing the hunting season influx. The annual hunting season is also a renewable resource. Most hunters who come are going for deer and elk, but also for upland birds, bighorn sheep, moose, antelope, and mountain goats.
Part of the legislation to protect the Front is the proposed Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act. This proposed legislation would add 70,000 acres to the Bob Marshall and Scapegoat wilderness areas and combine management for the area to ensure the longevity of protection for the land. From The Great Falls Tribune.