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#3130862 - 01/19/13 03:34 PM Are whitetail the most valuable animal on earth?
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Registered: 12/11/10
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Loc: Dallas, TX & Signal Mtn, TN

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I got to thinking after my high fence hunt how crazy it is what some people will pay to shoot a set of really big whitetail antlers. When you consider what some of these trophy whitetail hunts cost and compare them to the price of great hunting adventures like western elk and mule deer hunts, or sheep hunts, or Alaska moose and bear hunts, or African big game hunts, or New Zealand hunts, you have to conclude that really big whitetails are one of the most prized animal trophies there is. Here's an animal that's the most populous big game animal in North America and that's hunted by the poorest of the poor and the richest of the rich and just about everyone in between. It just seems insane to me that people will pay well over $10K (sometimes over $20K) to kill a really big one when you can kill a very respectable one for next to nothing if you work hard at it. When you consider the total amount of money that is spent annually on all whitetail hunting, can you think of any other animal on earth that even comes close? What about fish - do you think the bass fishing industry is bigger than the whitetail industry as a whole in terms of how much money is spent on it?
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#3130864 - 01/19/13 03:37 PM Re: Are whitetail the most valuable animal on earth? [Re: Vermin93]
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Registered: 10/11/11
Posts: 2766
Loc: Henderson County

The fishing industry as a whole is bigger than hunting but individual species.. I can't imagine anything beating whitetail.
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#3130893 - 01/19/13 04:17 PM Re: Are whitetail the most valuable animal on earth? [Re: Master Chief]

Registered: 08/31/02
Posts: 41849
Loc: Lebanon,TN USA

Without a doubt, they are in the US. That is in terms of total dollars they spawn from licenses on down.

However, the fishing industry is far larger. But that is apples and oranges.

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#3131296 - 01/19/13 09:28 PM Re: Are whitetail the most valuable animal on earth? [Re: bowriter]
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Registered: 09/24/11
Posts: 382
Loc: humphreys county

as far as my sanity during the holiday season it is definitely the most valuable lol.
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