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post #1 of 109 (permalink) Old 10-23-2011, 01:07 PM Thread Starter
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Sunday hunting in Pa. may generate $804M

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October 19, 2011
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) Pennsylvania could generate up to $804 million in economic activity by allowing Sunday hunting, according to a bipartisan legislative study released Wednesday.

The Legislative Budget and Finance Committee report says Sunday hunting could support nearly 7,500 jobs and bring in almost $57 million in state and local taxes.

Allowing hunting on all Sundays during hunting season would produce about $460 million in retail sales, according to the company that produced the estimates, Southwick Associates.

Hunting is worth nearly $3 billion to the state's economy, with deer hunting accounting for about $1.7 billion of it, the report found.

Those expenditures include trip-related services such as lodging, airfare and guide fees; weapons, camping gear, boats and other equipment; licenses; books; dues; and land purchases or rentals.

About 950,000 general hunting licenses were sold in Pennsylvania during the 2009-10 fiscal year. Pennsylvania deer hunters spend about $96 a day when they are hunting.

The report is an update of a similar study done six years ago.
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post #2 of 109 (permalink) Old 10-23-2011, 01:59 PM
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The $96.00/day, are they saying one person or total hunters?

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That is great to hear and the stimulus saved or created 2 million jobs...

I hope the Game Commission gets to decide if Sunday hunting can be a management tool and the people looking to hunt are provided the opportunity... I get skeptical when I see these studies of all the spending that one day a week will bring in that six days a week does not!

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post #4 of 109 (permalink) Old 10-23-2011, 02:46 PM
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IF I would hunt on a Sunday, I'd be spending gas money only....and that money would have been spent that Sunday whether I hunted or not.

What a joke.
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post #5 of 109 (permalink) Old 10-23-2011, 02:54 PM
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To use the top posters line...What a load of male bovine excrement! You may see a slight increase but nowhere near the estimated figures.
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post #6 of 109 (permalink) Old 10-23-2011, 03:03 PM Thread Starter
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I don't understand where they got their figures either.
If hunters could go to camp on Friday nights and have Saturday and Sunday to hunt before they drive home chances are there would really be no additional expenses then they will have just hunting Saturday.

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I think the guys in PA who live in the rural areas who can walk out the back door and hunt cannot appreciate how much money us "city" fellers spend to catch a few days in your God's country.

I typically only make it up to PA for about 3 days of gun season, and once in a while a couple days for bear. For that brief amount of time I am paying about:

$2400 a year in real estate taxes (I own land in PA)
$500 in fuel for the truck and UTV (400 mile round trip)
About $250 a year in electric bills. (12 months of service)
Probably about $50 a day in food at the local eateries. (Either eat in or staples for the camp)
Another couple hundred in hunting stuff at the local stores. (Seems like I always need another box of ammo, new pair of boots, extra gloves, and sometimes a new gun)
And, let's not forget my non-resident license fees.

And probably more, but that is all being spent in PA. Doing the math, one could argue that for my three days in PA it costs me about $700 a day!


So, if I am spending an average of $700 a day, just me and one PA resident who walks out the back door and does not spend a dime averages to $350 each.

If I had a Sunday to hunt, it would probably stretch to about 5 days minimum.. Those two extra days would most certainly generate revenue for PA and the small businesses who cater to the hunters.

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Glen, I hear what your saying but its the enjoyment you get that you can't put a price on.
My point is if you were able to hunt Sundays when you go up to your camp most likely you would still arrive and leave the same time you are now. Your fuel spent would still be the same and food and essentials would remain the same. Out of State licenses are for the year, not game specific or 7 day hunts. Addition of a couple days hunting would not increase what your spending, just decrease what your cost per day hunted is.
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It's a toss-up and I am not sure which is most accurate.
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post #10 of 109 (permalink) Old 10-23-2011, 05:03 PM
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I'm not a math whiz, but if you do the numbers, it's about $230,000+ per county per Sunday.

I think that it's a wild guess that someone has paid good money for.
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