We’ve seen a lot of creative ways to expand one’s budget in an economy that still isn’t up to par. From cutting back on eating out to (as Jason Hartman recommends) investing in moneymaking properties, young people are finding ways to make ends meet while still living the life they desire. We’re even seeing a return to hunting—up 9% across the nation, according to a US Fish and Wildlife survey.
This is significant, given the decline we’ve seen since the 1970s. The reason? The recession, of course! But we can break it down even further. First, unemployed (or underemployed) folks have more time to go hunting. Next, hunting provides a way to put meat on the table in times of economic hardship.
Thanks to the “eat local” movement, hunting also gained popularity even amongst higher earners. Hunting provides an excellent way to provide locally grown meat that also happens to be natural and organic—something that many are taking a greater interest in.
Many states are also making changes that allow people to experience the thrill of hunting at a lower cost. Discount hunter education programs, cheaper hunting licenses, and access to areas that do not require paid access make hunting a viable alternative for acquiring meat. Some states are even paying private landowners to open up their land to hunters—a win-win for those looking to make a quick buck.
States are also targeting people who may not hunt every year or who have been away for military service by offering discounts and easier application procedures. They’re targeting women, suburban folks, and younger people by appealing to a need for conservation, local eating, and even trendier apparel. No matter the reason, more and more people are returning to the land as a way to making or saving money.
If you’ve never hunted before or don’t know anyone who has, it may be an initially expensive hobby. Purchase of firearms, ammunition, safety equipment, etc. may run you a bit of money. If you’re able to borrow this equipment and first hunt with a friend or family member with some experience, you might find a great new hobby and solution for your budget woes. Otherwise, consider saving up for your first hunt—you’ll be eating local, conserving local wildlife, and getting some fresh air and exercise, all while developing a connection with the land! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/good_day/107996165/)
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