A recent study conducted by Southwick Associates demonstrates that the nation's hunters aren't letting a sour economy keep them out of the fields, forests and marshes.
By a large measure, these hunters said they either hunted about as much as they expected to in 2009 (40 percent) or even more (25 percent).
During the previous year as well, hunting license sales rose by 3.5 percent in the 12states that make up the National Shooting Sports Foundation's Hunting License Sales Index.
Since hunting license sales data normally doesn't materialize in an exact form for 18to 24 months after sales end, it would be difficult to extrapolate the information to a nationwide pattern, Southwick says.
However, should the 3.5 percent figure hold up then it would "represent one of the largest percentage increases in hunting license sales in more than 30 years," said Southwick, a firm that conducts research used by both the angling and hunting industries.
- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn