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Old Sep 30th 2010, 07:52 PM   #1
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  Mar 2009
  Edmonton, Alberta CANADA

Cervid: Western Canadian white-tailed deer
Here are some interesting statistics that will likely affect the current major market for whitetail deer farmers. These trends should be taken into account and incorporated into your planning for the industry.



Russell



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There are a lot of smiling faces in the hunting industry these days. Firearms and ammunition experienced record sales in 2009, and there are more outdoor television programs with more commercial time and more product offerings than ever before.



But the hunting industry has a dirty little secret. It’s not talked about openly. Only a faint, trembling whisper is ever heard within the hallowed mahogany-walled offices of the corporate executives, while middle managers and accountants congratulate one another on their bottom lines. They turn blind eyes to an unpleasant and unspeakable truth - our industry and, indeed our very outdoor way of life, is on collision course with reality.



According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services, the number of active hunters in America has declined by 35 percent since 1975. Plus, the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association reports that youth participation in hunting declined by 26 percent between 1990 and 2000. If that was not bad enough, the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation reports that only 25 percent of children from hunting households actively participate in hunting today. These numbers add up to one thing - our industry is declining and our children and our children’s children may never experience and appreciate the outdoors like we do today.



What’s worse is that some within our ranks are completely subversive. Hunters are attacking other hunters simply because they dislike the way they hunt. They are aligned with the anti-hunting agenda and working to legislate away private property rights and a hunter’s free choice of how to hunt. Our article in this issue of Points - High Fence, High Stakes — addresses an important issue and I hope you’ll take time to read it and let your voice be heard.



The decline of hunting as a sport and a way of life is no longer a secret. It’s something for which we all need to discuss openly and then take action.



Now, more than ever before, sportsmen and all those working within the deer and wildlife industries need to unite. It’s understood that we all have our preferred methods of hunting and we will not always agree on certain issues. However, as sincere conservationists and responsible hunters, I think we can all agree on two things - hunting is good and it’s an American outdoor tradition we should preserve for future generations.



John Meng, President

American Deer & Wildlife Alliance
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Old Oct 1st 2010, 06:22 PM   #2
 
  Apr 2009
  Polk, PA located in west central pa
Take your children hunting and also offer to take someone elses child from a nonhunting family out hunting. It is much more rewarding than going out yourself. It is also a good way to preserve our hunting heritage as we get new ones interested.
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Old Oct 1st 2010, 06:30 PM   #3
 
  Apr 2009
  Fombell PA
yeah Virgil but kids don't like hunting goats....so you need to quit taking them out!!
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Old Oct 1st 2010, 06:40 PM   #4
 
  Apr 2009
  Polk, PA located in west central pa
Dennis, didn't want to tell you but your kid called me and was begging me to take him out . Said he was tired of not seeing anything and wanted a real hunter to take him out.
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Old Oct 1st 2010, 06:58 PM   #5
 
  May 2010
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Dennis, didn't want to tell you but your kid called me and was begging me to take him out . Said he was tired of not seeing anything and wanted a real hunter to take him out.


ouch ! oh man
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Old Oct 1st 2010, 07:31 PM   #6
 
  Apr 2009
  Fombell PA
Virgil, thats funny......your boy called me and said he is tired of eating goat meat and would love for me to take him on a real hunt for whitetails..........and just after that your wife called and begged me to take him on a real whitetail hunt too...........go figure! I guess that goat meat is getting old!!
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Old Oct 2nd 2010, 05:06 PM   #7
 
  Apr 2009
  Polk, PA located in west central pa
Maybe you should take my son so he can show you how it is done.If not i'm sure your son will be able to give you a few pointers when i'm thruogh mentoring him on how to hunt real deer.
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Old Oct 2nd 2010, 07:10 PM   #8
 
  Apr 2009
  Fombell PA
Virgil........A LEGEND IN HIS OWN MIND!! I will give you credit for one thing.....you do know your GOATS!!!
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Old Oct 3rd 2010, 03:18 AM   #9
 
  Apr 2009
  Gillett WI
Good Morning Virgil and Dennis lets set up a father and son hunt October 2011. Will can use the Hunt tent camp 4 tents sleep 12.We will offer good discount, Yes I will not guide in the jeep. If you both have interest and can find 3 more father and sons Isaac and I would join.



Enjoy the day Packers play at noon!



Scott







Apple Creek Whitetails Video
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Old Oct 3rd 2010, 09:20 AM   #10
 
  Apr 2009
  Fombell PA
Scott,

Lets talk about this......I will have to give you a call for the details......Sounds like a blast!!!! Do you have a section where there are goats for Virgil???
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Old Oct 10th 2010, 04:54 PM   #11
 
  Apr 2009
  Polk, PA located in west central pa
Scott, you get the tent with Dennis in it. Just make sure you bring ear plugs.
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Old Oct 10th 2010, 05:35 PM   #12
 
  Apr 2009
  Fombell PA
Scott, the people that get the tent with Virgil will need some other plugs.....but it won't be for their ears.....(we won;t go into detail here).......please just warn them he raises goats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old Oct 14th 2010, 06:09 PM   #13
 
  May 2010
  nj
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Scott, the people that get the tent with Virgil will need some other plugs.....but it won't be for their ears.....(we won;t go into detail here).......please just warn them he raises goats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


oh man !
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Old Nov 5th 2010, 06:40 PM   #14
 
  Aug 2009
  Everett, PA
Boy-----did this thread go to the dogs fast

oh man!
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Old Nov 6th 2010, 03:43 AM   #15
 
  Apr 2009
  Gillett WI
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Boy-----did this thread go to the dogs fast

oh man!


Wisdom,



How do you see the future of hunting? We are finding a large number of first time high fence hunters and their re-booking. I see a bright light with service to the hunters.



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