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Texas license sales on track in early days of new hunting season

From the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

-- Fiscal year 2010 Texas hunting and fishing license sales revenue from Aug. 15-Sep. 7 is up compared to the same time period during the last two years. In the early weeks of this year’s season, license revenue increased 13 percent compared to the same period last season in FY2009, but up only 4.9 percent compared to the year before.

Fiscal year 2009 revenue was down significantly last fall because of Hurricane Ike, so FY2008 is a better year for comparison with what’s happened so far this season. In terms of total licenses sold during this early time period, 827,029 licenses were sold in FY2008, 787,048 in FY2009 and 813,417 in FY2010. Even though slightly fewer licenses have been sold so far in FY2010, revenue is still greater than in FY2008 because license fees increased by about five percent across the board this season.

License revenue for FY2009 actually finished ahead of FY2008 primarily due to a $4.8 million increase in lifetime license sales. The surge occurred mostly in August and was due to a significant price increase for lifetime licenses that took effect Sep. 1.

Although it’s interesting to compare license sales in the early weeks of each season, when the start of dove hunting drives a high percentage of TPWD’s annual sales volume, a few weeks is still too early in the season to draw significant conclusions about hunting and fishing participation or license revenue trends for the year as a whole. For license trend information, contact Tom Newton at tom.newton@tpwd.state.tx.us or (512) 389-4477.

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