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Pheasant Hunters Boosting the Economy

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Some experts are saying this year will be tough with fewer pheasants in the area, but our economy may still benefit from it. Pheasant hunting season kicked off yesterday and stores are already noticing an influx of business. At Scheels, hunters say it's their one stop shop. Melainy Nickila is the Hunting Clothing Manager in Fargo and she says with three hunting seasons in action business has been thriving.

"People are in buying ammo, people are in buying hunting clothing, people are in buying all their different decoys and duck calls and goose calls. There's also archery season so you're getting an increase. Everything is busy!"

It should get even busier. That's because despite the shutdown, sports men and women have pressured government - operated waterfowl production areas to reopen.

"Now that they are opened again it just means that probably more people are going to be able to go out and have more area to hunt without getting interrupted. Obviously more people will need nontoxic shots", says Nickila.

Minnesota hunters reported in 2011 to spending $400 million on equipment and $235 million on trip related expenses. It's no wonder why hunting seasons rake in millions of dollars every year. It's fun for the hunters and fuels the economy.


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