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post #11 of 77 (permalink) Old 05-05-2019, 08:21 AM
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Yep, but this was about potential effects on local economies, due to the change to a Saturday opener. As with participation, only time will tell what that change will produce?

Lots of mileage made over the years, about how HR "ruined" rural economies in the northern tier counties, because hunters don't go to camps now due to "no deer".

Some areas never completely recovered in deer numbers from HR, most did. Blaming a lack of deer as the primary cause of rural economies suffering, doesn't quite cut it. More than one reason why not as many head north these days for deer, as they once did. That one has also been covered here over the years.

Multiple reasons why many rural economies have declined, as well.

The local economy where I hunt in 3A, was in trouble long before HR. Mostly due to jobs disappearing as plants and other once-major area employers, closed down. Some of that goes back over 25 years.

There as many empty store fronts in town, than there are occupied ones and that goes back decades. Jobs are scarce and have been for a long time. It's why many of our rural areas are losing population. Gas drilling perked things up a bit and is still a factor in some areas, but has tapered off a bit where I hunt.

Tourism in general has declined in many rural areas, be it hunting, leaf peeping or summer getaways.
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there is an article in the paper today regarding the Saturday opener. some gun shop owners are worried that their Saturday sales will drop. hunters stop in on Saturday to buy licenses and ammo before going to camp.



the people that wait until the Saturday before the opener to buy a license and ammo to sight in, shouldnt be allowed in the woods. they have 11 months to get ready for opening day, no one is that busy.


those gun shop owners may see a slight decline because people are to lazy to get their act together but i think the majority of people will adapt and buy their stuff at the same stores, earlier. the ones who are lazy will just buy their stuff LATE...oh well.

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I have my cabin stalked all season only have to take smaller items such as lunch meat, milk, etc. I raise and butcher my own beef and pork, along with taking home canned and frozen food from garden.
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there is an article in the paper today regarding the Saturday opener. some gun shop owners are worried that their Saturday sales will drop. hunters stop in on Saturday to buy licenses and ammo before going to camp.



the people that wait until the Saturday before the opener to buy a license and ammo to sight in, shouldnt be allowed in the woods. they have 11 months to get ready for opening day, no one is that busy.


those gun shop owners may see a slight decline because people are to lazy to get their act together but i think the majority of people will adapt and buy their stuff at the same stores, earlier. the ones who are lazy will just buy their stuff LATE...oh well.
Lazy??? Lighten up on other hunters. I think many who frequent sports shops on that Saturday forgot something at home.

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Was talking to a Motel owner yesterday and he is already getting more reservations for Friday and Saturday night of opening weekend. Said he had vacancies for those nights the last few years. Expects to be booked full.
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Was talking to a Motel owner yesterday and he is already getting more reservations for Friday and Saturday night of opening weekend. Said he had vacancies for those nights the last few years. Expects to be booked full.



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Was talking to a Motel owner yesterday and he is already getting more reservations for Friday and Saturday night of opening weekend. Said he had vacancies for those nights the last few years. Expects to be booked full.

That makes sense, but I wonder how his bookings for Sunday, Monday or Tuesday are gonna be affected?

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If hunters weren't booking a room until Sunday nights for the Monday opener, but now have booked for Friday and Saturday, they're probably only figuring on hunting one or two days, max? Have to wonder how long they stayed, when it opened on Monday.

There are two or three camps not far from mine, all of which are NR hunters, that sometimes don't show up now until the first Thursday or Friday of deer seasons.

I think one group rolled in that Friday night last year, apparently hunted Saturday and were gone by Sunday. Makes me think they do that now, because Saturday was the first day doe were legal? That's a long drive from DE, to hunt one day. Two, if they got there Thursday night.

When 3A was still a concurrent WMU, they were usually there for the Monday openers and stayed until Wednesdays.
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I gathered from the conversation with this Motel owner he felt it was good for his business because he was only getting one (1) night from many of his return customers in the past few years because they were coming in Sunday and leaving Monday evening to get back home.

With the change to a Saturday opener, he is getting two (2) nights from his return customers, because they are coming in Friday night, to hunt on Saturday and staying overnight now to drive back home on Sunday.

He knew this because they are calling and changing their reservations adding the extra night.
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