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Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Cumberland County 5A
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.
Some folks' learnin' curves just look like circles...3A Camp/also hunt 4B