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Tuesday, November 16 2004

The impact of pheasant season

The Wichita Eagle carries this story about the impact of pheasant season on local economies. When 100,000 people show up at the doorstep, there are going to be some opportunities.

A lot of people out enjoying the outdoors, people making their livelihoods from hunting - all of that can be terrific. The challenge that we have as a state and as sportsmen is to make sure that the dollar signs don’t cloud our eyes.

If we treat wildlife as a goldmine, and try to pump the maximum value out in the shortest time, we’re going to play that goldmine out, and we’ll lose our state’s natural heritage. Pheasants, quail, and prairie-chickens have all been consistently declining over the past 30 years, and one good season won’t reverse that. Good management with an eye to the future will make sure we have both the wildlife and the economic benefits they bring.

+ Dan @ 09:49am

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