Deer season a bust hurting local economy
Well There is a big article in the Bradford Era today about how the lack of deer has hurt the local economy. All of the local gunshops are reporting sales are way down this year. Many of the motels and places of lodging are really hurting, many hunters who normaly spend the whole week here hunting went home early because there are hardly any deer! Bars and restaurants looking forward to these two weeks to boost there profits are reporting dismal sales. Many camps are going up for sale, with disappointed hunters complaining about the failure of the game commissions and Mr. Alts deer management plan.
A local gun shop owner says that he can't believe the number of complaints from hunters not seeing deer! Many out of State hunters have made the comment that they are no longer coming back to Pa. to hunt!
Heres some comments from Jim Slinsky Outdoor writer. From all indications the buck season has been a dismal failure.Stories of low deer sighting are prominant throughout the state. Butcher shops are reporting a 50 to 75 percent reduction in incoming carcasses this year.Mr Slinsky states that we have all long realized that Dr Gary Alts plan was never about improving the deer herd, it was always about deer reduction!
Here are his predictions of the future, after the complete bust of deer season hunters will pressure legislators to close doe season next year. The Pgc will not willingly do this and will continue to claim we have a deer epidemic. Hearings willbe held, the weather will be blamed. Even if the PGC comprimises and dramatically cuts doe licenses there will be the loss of Millions of dollars for the PGC. With all this unfolding the PGC will try to slip a license increase thru legislation to bail it's self out!
At the PGC's weakest moment merger talks will resurface, to join the PGC with the DCNR. Actually, our commisioners have been the larger dismal failure for allowing this scenario to arrive at this point. We need to now involve our legislators to get politics out of Penna deer management.
Jim Slinsky is the host and producer of the sportsmans connection a nationally syndicated, Outdoor talk radio program.