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Hunting is a $4.6 billion business in Texas

From the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

-- How does a $4.6 billion Texas-based industry go unnoticed?

It's easy when you consider most of its participants go about their business cloaked in camouflage.

Despite not appearing on the stock market rolls, hunters in Texas are a major economic force, according to findings by the Southwick Associates, a Florida-based research firm specializing in economic and business statistics related to fish and wildlife resources.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Wildlife Division commissioned the Southwick group to ascertain the economic effect from fish and wildlife-related recreation in Texas. The study draws insight based on data in the 2006 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, which is the most recent census of outdoor enthusiasts.

The complete report is available at http://www.southwickassociates.com/free-reports. Enter free report search keywords "Texas economics."

Texas hunters may also be interested in the new study funded by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and carried out by Southwick Associates. That study has found the pool of American hunters is much larger than previously thought. A summary of study results can be downloaded at http://www.nssf.org/PDF/HuntingLicTrends-NatlRpt.pdf.

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