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Hunting and fishing remains big business

MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) -

Georgia deer hunters will hit the woods Saturday for the first day of firearms season. It can cost a lot of money to get everything you need for a successful hunt.

Distributors who cater to hunters did brisk business this week at the 35th annual Sunbelt Ag Expo. Whether it's a day in the woods, or a day on the water, it's going to set you back a few bucks.

"They've got to buy a gun cleaner. They've got to buy ammo. They've got to of course practice. Get their accuracy on. And so I think there is a lot of money spent on hunting supplies and equipment every year," said Rich Kettles, Gunzilla Salesman.

Like agriculture, hunting and fishing are big business in Georgia and the southeast.

"With everything else as far as the economy goes, we've seen it decline. In the hunting industry it has pretty much stayed where it has been the last two years. So we haven't seen a decline. If anything we've seen an increase," said Big Game Butter Salesman Don Shiver.

"Guys love to fish. Everybody does. Even if they don't do it a lot. You know they really enjoy fishing. The kind of money it can bring is in tremendous," said Nichols Lures Owner Brooks Woodward.

"Those numbers are really rising and the women's side of the industry continues to grow," said Sassy Does Owner Leigh Anne Phillips.

Phillips is the owner of the newly formed Sassy Does.

Phillips says she markets to the virtually untapped women's hunting industry. "We still feel like who we are and feel good about ourselves. Whether we're in the woods or whether we're at home and that's kind of our concept is believing in yourself and feeling good about yourself."

Everything from clothes to fuel need to be purchased before a day outdoors.

"The majority of our products are custom tailored to automotive, industrial, diesel, marine, ATV, snowmobile applications," said Phillips.

And Amsoil distributor Duane Rowark says it doesn't hurt to be eco-friendly.

"We've been saving people money, extending oil change intervals, better fuel economy. It's better for the environment," said Duane RowarK, Amsoil Distributor

Phillips says her company is also a big supporter of Breast Cancer Awareness.

Half of the money made from her T-shirts and bullet shell earrings benefit the Pink Rack Project.

Firearms deer hunting season begins this Saturday throughout Georgia and runs through mid January.

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