Apparently hunting season marks the beginning of scruffy looking men with scraggly beards, or so it may seem. This is especially true when deer season rolls around, no matter the locale. One might assume it might be a form of camouflage or that it helps retain warmth on a cold drizzly day; often the case in November and December when hunters are traipsing about the woods.
Regardless of the scruffy looking folks, from a tourism standpoint hunting could mean an increase in business; albeit short lived, especially at a time when travel is slow. Although many hunters may not require overnight lodging or they may opt to rent a hunting lodge in a known hunting area, hunting season does spell additional tourism dollars.
I looked up the Hunting Top 10 and learned that Ripley, West Virginia might be your go to place for turkey hunting or further south in Snow Hill, North Carolina you could easily bag a wild boar or black bear, and in Ahoskie, North Carolina spring turkey and duck are hunting specialties. How about trophy white tail deer, with some bucks reaching up to 300 lbs.? You might want to travel to Johannesburg, Michigan for this opportunity.
There’s plenty of duck hunting in Boswell, Oklahoma and Pike County, Illinois is known for its trophy whitetail deer and turkey hunts. Elk, Mule Deer and Exotics can be found in Albuquerque, New Mexico, while Georgetown, Kentucky is well known for its water fowl in this central Kentucky area.
Tourism comes in many forms, and hunting is one of them. No matter the reason you visit an area it still gains exposure and often times you might visit for one reason but return for another. In the case of Ripley, West Virginia; here is an area steeped in civil war history, so while some might hunt deer, others might hunt the past.
How about the North Carolina area, which abounds in natural beauty where more people travel to this part of the country for pure nature than to hunt. Although the photo of the flight of ducks was actually taken in Granville Island, Vancouver, BC, this could be a site seen in Bowsell, Oklahoma. This small Midwestern town not only offers a duck hunting paradise, but a bit of serenity as well.
While we might not understand why the Grizzly Adams look is typical for some at this time of year, perhaps Escanaba in Da Moonlight, termed as the “funniest play ever written about Deer hunters in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula” might explain it all.
All we ask is that you come back for a visit when the hunt is over!