Early Numbers Show COVID Caution Not Slowing Hunters Down

Early Numbers Show COVID Caution Not Slowing Hunters Down

By Larry Keane

Autumn hunting seasons are fast approaching and if early numbers on hunting license sales are any indication, the coronavirus pandemic isn’t keeping America’s outdoorsmen and women from planning to visit their camps, stands and fields.

Beginning in March and April earlier this year, COVID-19 spread across America and has led to a surge in firearm sales that hasn’t been seen before. According to retailer survey data, more than 5 million of the more than 13 million gun buyers in 2020 were first-timers. Hunting activities were listed by purchasers as one of the main reasons for buyers to jump off the fence and head to the gun store.

Through all the uncertainty and unrest in U.S. cities, America’s hunters are heading outdoors and to the fields and countryside.

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Licenses Selling Fast

Hunting and fishing agencies are seeing a continued uptick in the number of licenses sold for these activities.

“I think it would be fair to say that (the pandemic) played a major role,” Mike Park, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Communications Director, told PennLive. “However, with COVID-19, people have found more time on their hands and have been seeking outdoor recreation close to home.”

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