Tax-free weekend a big boost for hunters

It’s a celebration reserved for the major holidays.

That’s what Saturday will be for thousands of Louisiana hunters, and for hundreds of merchants who cater to their every need and whim.

The dove season opens noon Saturday statewide. Merchants — from mom-and-pop shops to the big-box stores — get a one day head start with Friday’s run into Louisiana’s three-day Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday.

“It’s by far our biggest weekend,” Bowie Outfitters manager David Reynerson said. “We don’t do layaways, except for this weekend, and we take special orders just because we know we can save our customers money. It’s that big for us, twice as big as Christmas.”

Down Interstate 10, Anthony Puglia, general manager for the Crescent City sporting-goods landmark bearing his family name, said the Act from the 2009 Legislature, “has been great for business. It’s a chance for a gentleman to get a new shotgun, the shells, decoys and clothing all in one shot and save the 8.75 percent tax.”

C.J. Hebert at Hebert’s Guns in Prairieville said his store’s stocks swell for the weekend.

“We had no idea this would be such a big hit,” he said. “We have to stock up on Browning (gun) safes just to have enough for everyone to take advantage of this tax-free break.”

Virtually everything involving hunting, from camo to ATVs, is tax exempt.