National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) released two new reports today documenting the importance of sportsmen’s activities in America. NSSF’s Hunting in America: An Economic Force for Conservation and CSF’s America’s Sporting Heritage, Fueling the American Economy reports provide detailed information about participation and expenditures by American sportsmen and women. The reports were released to the country’s top outdoor writers and industry professionals during the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show) in Las Vegas.
The reports utilize information provided in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service five-year study released late last year–data that is available only every five years.
Some key facts:
- Hunter spending has a total economic impact of $90 billion on the U.S. economy.
- Hunter numbers increased by 9 percent between 2006 and 2011.
- Spending on hunting-related products grew by 30 percent during that same time frame.
- Money that sportsmen and women spend helps support more than 680,000 jobs. In some rural communities, the dollars brought in during hunting seasons alone can be enough to keep small businesses going from year to year.
- Sportsmen contribute nearly $8 million a day that goes to support wildlife agencies and conservation.
Read the NSSF report Hunting in America: An Economic Force For Conservation.
Read the CSF report America’s Sporting Heritage: Fueling the American Economy.
Read the press release.