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Arklatex In-Depth: Hunting Gear

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People came by car, by truck by SUV and pulling an ATV to take advantage of the Louisiana Second Amendment sales tax holiday. Hunting, fishing and enjoying the outdoors are big business in the Ark La Tex plus it's wholesome and family fun.  

Dustin Young of Stonewall Louisiana says "You especially gotta get your kids involved in it. Start them out young keep them off the streets and instill those good ideals in their mind and they won't be out there messing up." Brandy Lagrone brought her family over from Carthage Texas to shop in Bossier City.  She tells KTBS "I think the outdoors is really important for our family time spending time with our kids. Teaching them how to hunt and fish and just great family time really."  Gadgets, gizmos, bows and arrows. The selection can be overwhelming. Plus there are always stylish variations of camouflage. 

John Balsomo is store director of Academy Sports in Bossier. "They come in and get all the accessories. The head gear the gloves the belts. Everything you need to get set for a good hunting season.  There are a lot of different patterns for turkey season, duck season, deer season. And there are a lot of different styles.  Ducks deer and squirrels garner the most attention in the fall and winter seasons for outdoor enthusiasts. But hunting season does not mean an end to good fishing in the Ark La Tex.  Balsomo says "We bring in new baits all year long for the different seasons and different times of the year so the customers will have the newest and best things that they can get."  And then there is archery. Compound bows, cross bows and longbows are big sellers.

John Balsomo explains "The schools around our area are getting more involved with the 4 H clubs that are having the shooting contests. And the longbow has an interesting story in it's popularity tied to a movie.  "The Hunger Games" is bringing back the longbow real good right now."

Another shopper Danny Green is from Bethany Louisiana and had his eye on a crossbow. He says he is "Trying to find me a bow so I can take of some hogs that are tearing my feeder up. And just getting in the woods where it's quiet. And you can set out in the woods instead of a stand and a rifle. You can get right up on them with a bow."

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