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Same-store boat dealer sales up 25 percent in February

Boat dealers showed robust growth in February, with same-store sales growing by more than 25 percent year-over-year, CDK Global Recreation reported.

Sales were up by double digits in all categories, according to the latest report from CDK Global Recreation, which is based on data from users of the company’s Lightspeed software. It was the biggest increase in more than four years.

It was a far cry from the last two February reports, which found same-store sales basically flat year over year (up 0.3 percent in 2015; up 0.8 percent in 2014).

Unit sales led the way for the month, up 28.3 percent over February 2015. That was the biggest increase since unit sales increased 31.2 percent in December 2014, and the second month in a row of growth.

Service department revenue was up 13.8 percent over the previous year, after a 5.7 percent decline in January. It was the 12th time in the last 13 months that service revenue increased.

Parts and accessories sales also grew in February, up 10.3 percent. That ended a run of seven straight year-over-year declines and was the best mark since sales increased 16.8 percent in April 2015.



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Outdoors notebook: Fishing license sales increase, but revenue tumbles – Tribune


Outdoors notebook: Fishing license sales increase, but revenue tumbles

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The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission sold more licenses in 2015 than the year before. According to Bernie Matscavage, director of the bureau of administration, sales totaled 885,700 in 2015. That was 1 percent more than the 874,991 of 2014.

Yet, revenues were down.

An experiment that may have failed is — or may not, depending on who you talk to — the reason.

The commission reduced the price of licenses by $1 last year in an attempt to get more people fishing. It needed sales to increase by 3 percent to break even.

“So we’re about $800,000 in the hole,” said commission president Ed Mascharka of Erie County.

Yes, said executive director John Arway. But perhaps things could have been worse.

Indications are that license sales were down last year in a number of surrounding states, Arway said. It’s possible sales here might have been, too, were it not for the price reduction, he suggested. A consultant hired by the agency is looking into that and will provide a final report at the board’s meeting later this month. Until then, Arway said it’s premature to make any conclusions.

“If you just look at the numbers, you could come away with one conclusion. We’ve got to do a total evaluation,” Arway said.

Doe tags

Hunters seeking a doe license can send their application to any county treasurer. Some handle far more than others.

According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the Allegheny County treasurer’s office was the busiest, handling 27,697 applications in 2015.

That’s not surprising. Allegheny accounts for more general hunting licenses sold than any county in the state. It typically ranks No. 1 statewide for fishing license sales and boat registrations, too.

The Lancaster County treasurer’s office ranked second in doe license sales last year, processing 26,111 applications. Westmoreland County was third with 25,739, followed by Bucks (25,613), Berks (24,448), Washington (22,708), Butler (22,211) and York (21,143).

No other county handled as many as 18,000. The Cameron County treasurer’s office handled the fewest applications (1,435).

Deer Creek cleanup

Allison Park Sportsmen’s Club’s is holding its annual cleanup of Deer Creek to prepare for trout season.

It’s set for 8 a.m.-noon April 9. Volunteers willing to help clean up for opening day of trout season can meet at the ball field opposite St. Ursula Church on Duncan Avenue. Lunch will be served at noon.

For information, call Rich Simmen at 412-487-2873, Jim Cannon at 412-487-4466 or Sam Bacco at 412-372-6826.

Untimely accident

A Greene County man got into a car accident at the wrong time. According to Jeremy Febinger, the Game Commission’s wildlife conservation officer there, the accident revealed he had four antlerless deer he’d shot out of season.

He isn’t the only poacher Febinger came across. He filed charges against another man found in possession of eight freshly killed bucks, several of them trophy class.

Hunting is conservation

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has taken to social media to tell people that “hunting is conservation.”

The group is posting weekly videos, blogs, photos and more on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, highlighting national statistics and trends showing how hunting funds federal and state wildlife agencies.

Climate change

National Wildlife Federation released a report titled “Game Changers: Climate Impacts to America’s Hunting, Fishing and Wildlife Heritage.”It’s available at nwf.org/News-and-Magazines/Media-Center/Reports/Archive/201 511-16-2015-Game-Changers.aspx.

Bob Frye is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at bfrye@tribweb.com or via Twitter @bobfryeoutdoors.


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