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Letter: Hunters making positive holiday impact

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Posted: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 7:59 am

During our widely celebrated end-of-year holidays, many people are choosing to serve a healthy lean diet of meat harvested by hunting.

Hunters’ efforts also fuel an economy in this state with over $342 million in expenditures that supports jobs in both rural and urban locations. The economic effect of recreational hunting in Arizona alone surpasses many of our state’s largest employers.

For more information on the economics of hunting in Arizona please visit the Hunting Works for Arizona website www.huntingworksforaz.com.

In addition, Arizona’s hunters provide almost all the funding for wildlife management programs. General taxes do not provide funds for wildlife management, rather hunters’ expenditures for licenses, tags, and equipment provide that funding. Current classic examples are the ongoing effort to re-establish desert bighorn sheep into the Catalina Mountains by transplants from other Arizona populations of bighorns. Another example is the successful re-introduction of Gould’s wild turkeys into all of our local sky islands. All of the expense to do so is funded by hunter user fees and donations by private organizations. The great abundance of our nations wildlife, many species brought from near extinction, is a model much admired throughout the world and has been made possible by regulated hunting.

As we continue to celebrate this holiday season, let’s enjoy nature’s bounty and remember the contributions of Arizona’s hunters to our economy and diversity of wildlife on our landscapes.

Gerry Perry

Wildlife Biologist

Co-Chair Hunting Works For Arizona

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