Buckmasters Expo: The Cost of Hunting


By Ellis Eskew

There's a little bit of everything at the Bbuckmaster's Expo in Montgomery.... From your standard rifles to the latest technology.
It's all a part of booming business in the U.S.

"The main thing is getting folks out. It's a lifestyle that over 14 million people enjoy," said Jackie Bushman, CEO and founder of Buckmasters.

Even I took a few aims with the latest bows targeted for women.
Whether you're a novice like myself or avid hunter-- when you add up the gear that you need for hunting the cost of the sport can get expensive.

The standard deer hunter whether its by gun or bow can spend anywhere from 500 to one thousand dollars.

Clothing can cost you in the 100 to 150 dollar range. Ttree stands can cost about 200 dollars.
And that's not including the guns that can range 150 to 200, on up to 1300 dollars.

And that's just the basics.

Dennis Wilborn with Wilborn Outdoors says,  "It depends on how you want to do the hunting. If you want to get involved in it big time. Most hunting clubs about 500 dollars for membership in a hunting club."

We found hunters with a wide range of spending habits.

  "I don't have lots of stuff that other people have and don't really get into it like they do," said Tony Johnson.

And there are others who do get into the sport like  Wayne Edgeworth.

"I've been hunting since I was 15 years old. I've killed a lot of trophy deer. I've got 26 mounted on my wall...I have to put my seed and fertilizer, pay everything myself. I spend 6 to 7 thousand dollars a year," said Edgeworth.

If you want the latest technology and gadgets, then you're spending even more.
But the good news is hunters can find what they need that also fits into their price range.

"You got a ton of things to pick from for the guy who is on a very low budget to a guy who is on a very high budget," said Wilborn.

The Buckmasters Expo runs through Sunday at the Montgomery Convention Center downtown. Admission is one canned food item that will be donated to the Salvation Army.


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