Sport Hunting is considered an important strategy to protect natural resources, it generates environmental services and produces economic benefits for the people.
The total economic impact derived from this activity is integrated by three main streams:
a) Revenues from expenses generated outside the hunting properties such as equipment sales, clothing and apparel, ammunition, transportation, lodging and food.
b) Revenues from expenses generated inside the hunting properties such as weapon permits, lodging, food, guides and equipment rental.
c) Revenues from expenses related with hunting licensing and applicable fees.
All the above, including revenues from hunting, sport fishing and bird watching contribute to a total revenue of $960 million Mexican Pesos every year.
Deer and BigHorn hunting in Sonora rank amongst the most demanded species for hunting for both the domestic and international markets.
Recent studies show that in the Northwest region of Mexico, White-tailed Deer hunting combined with cattle production triples revenues against only calf production-based ranches.
Also, hunting benefits directly and indirectly people around this activity, in areas such as:
- Tourism and Hunting trained guides
- Trophy and Taxidermy experts
- Cleaning and Maintenance or areas
- Small production units (cheese, tortilas, coyotas)
It is important to mention that since hunting initiated in Sonora, many ranchers and their families have been benefited. They have also become part of teams for conservation of flora and fauna.