Hunting Still a Money Maker Despite Recession

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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.


hunter25's picture

I agree completely in that my

I agree completely in that my hunting is the one thing I will not give up. No matter how bad other things get I will always find a way to go hunting. We did see a little dip because of the economy but things seem to have rebounded quickly. Although the meat gathered is an added bonus and helps aleve some of the cost for me it's not the biggest reason. Hunting itself provides my greatest recreational enjoyment in life. Fortunately things are going well for me now and I'm getting to hunt more than ever before and I try a new adventure nearly every year now. I refuse to buy a new car or truck and keep driving the old paid off ones so that I can fund even more travel and hunting licenses. Hopefully I will be able to add Montana as well to my list in the very neer future.

Ca_Vermonster's picture

Well, the best thing about

Well, the best thing about hunting, is that alot of times, you get something in return.  I can invest $1000 on an elk hunt, and get a couple of hundred pounds of meat.  That's cheaper per pound than I can get at any costco or other supermarket.

Plus, it shows how much of a way of life it is.  It's something that we cannot do without.  Maybe during a recession, we would give up our cable TV, shorten our driving, etc., but we will not give up on the hunts.

Good to see this information come out.  I hope that the people like politicians and activists who want to ban, or limit hunting, see what kind of financial impact it actually has on a region.