The Economics of Duck Hunting

GREENFIELD (KAIT) Duck hunting brings thousand of hunters to Arkansas which translates into millions of dollars of revenue. For Farmers who own duck lands the season can help those farming dollars stretch.

Chris Cooper, Michigan Hunter, "They bring their money, and certainly the folks we've had down here support the local restaurants. They buy their licenses, equipment, something they forgot. It certainly brings the money down anytime the hunters show up."

The Greenridge Hunting club in Poinsett county is owned by the Johns family. Bud Johns was working the rice field and took a moment to visit with me.

Johns, "All of our hunters come from out of state, we usually have about a hundred and fifty a season."

Johns is having to use his wells to flood his hunting fields. Extra expenses like running pumps can be a deciding factor in having a good year or bad year.

"At 400 to 500 dollars a day to pump, some years it can be a profitable endeavor and some years it's not. This year is probably gonna be one that is not simply because of having to pump the water."

So is is the profits or something else.

Johns, "If I didn't love duck hunting and the outdoors as much as I do, then I might have a different opinion. It's kind of a hit or miss whether or not you're gonna make any money or not. It's really a whole lot like farming."