The tough economy is adversely affecting the ability of many Alabama hunters to pursue their favorite activity.

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These are hard times for many Alabamians. The state’s gun deer season opened Saturday minus a large number of hunters who wanted to be there. Deer hunting — specifically hunting in a club — costs money. For many hunters, that expense was just too much this time around.

All walks of life hunt deer but never doubt that in Alabama it is an activity driven primarily by the lower to middle income crowd. When so many are jobless or struggling just to make the house payment spending the family money on a luxury such as joining a hunting club couldn’t be justified. The signs of economic tough times for hunters are everywhere.

Check the classified ads or the small trade papers at the convenience store check-out. It wasn’t that long ago that it was almost impossible to find a used ATV for sale once the hunting season was about to begin. Today, they are for sale everywhere from front yards to

How is the economy affecting your hunting? If you rely on a club or lease for your hunting, have you considered dropping it? If you’re a public land hunter, have you seen an increase in hunting pressure on your local public hunting area?