According to this article, hunting license sales are down nearly 40%.
More recent news puts that number between 5 – 10%. Coupled with last years 10% drop, that means license sales over a two year period have dropped 20%.
Comparing the August 2006 sales report to August 2005, hunting license sales revenue is down 10 percent, off $1,954,521.
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“This is pretty significant – if this trend continues we are approaching a 20 percent decrease in hunting license sales in three years,” [Greg Levengood, chairman of the Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania] said. “The deer issue is the primary driving force – the deer herd is way down compared to the way it was, and it’s no coincidence that license sales are way down.
Can you see a merger with Fish & Boat and DNCR on the horizon?