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Our right to hunt is paramount. Here are a few facts that can be used to combat the ignorance and misinformation surrounding our sport.

 

Hunting Ranks Third in Safety among Recreational Pursuits

Hunting with firearms carries the connotation of being unsafe, but people are three times more likely to be injured playing golf and 11 times more likely to be injured when playing volleyball. Ranked just below camping and billiards, hunting only results in 1 injury per 2,000 participants.

"Comprehensive hunter education classes that emphasize the basic rules of firearm safety and a culture of hunters helping fellow hunters practice safe firearms handling in the field are responsible for this good record," states Jim Curcuruto of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

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Hunters Donated 11 Million Meals’ Worth of Venison in 2010

"A new study commissioned by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and conducted by Mile Creek Communications reveals that last year 11 million meals were provided to the less fortunate through donations of venison by hunters. Nearly 2.8 million pounds of game meat made its way to shelters, food banks and church kitchens and onto the plates of those in need."

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Facts and Figures Provided by the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation

  • Hunters spend more on their activity than the total revenues of McDonald’s.

  • Add up the populations of America’s two largest cities, New York and Los Angeles. Roughly, that’s 12 million people—a pretty enormous number. But it’s still less than the number of people who hunt.

  • More people hunt than play tennis. More people hunt than ski. And they spend more time doing it, too.

  • The average hunter spends 18 blissful days engaged in his passion each year. With 12.5 million individuals, that’s 220 million days spent in the woods, fields and wetlands each year.

  • Of course, the bigger story isn’t the time they spend. It’s the money. 
    At $1,992 per hunter per year, that’s $24.9 billion pumped into our economy. And where do those billions go? Well, $2.1 billion goes just into food and drinks consumed on hunting trips. That’s enough to feed 360,000 soldiers for a year. Another $56 million goes towards boat fuel alone, plus $30 million for boat trailers, motors and accessories.

  • Bow hunters alone spend $674 million just on their bows and arrows.

  • All this spending adds up to support close to 600,000 jobs—more than the number of people employed by McDonald’s corporation.

  • Annually hunters and anglers spend $9 billion to lease and purchase land for their sports. That’s enough to purchase 27,000 new homes, or rural acreage larger than the states of Rhode Island and Delaware— combined.

  • Spending by hunters and anglers is more than the revenues of Microsoft, Google, eBay and Yahoo—combined (76 billion vs. 73.6 billion).

  • If the $76 billion that sportsmen spend on hunting and fishing were the Gross Domestic Product of a country, sportsmen as a nation would rank 57 out of 181 countries.

  • Hunters value their canine companions. So much, in fact, that they spend almost half a billion dollars a year just on their dogs.

  • On lodging alone, hunters spend more than the annual revenues of Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality Inn, EconoLodge, Rodeway Inn and Sleep Inn combined.

  • 527,900 POLICE OFFICERS. 454,000 FIREFIGHTERS. OR 476,870 TEACHERS— That’s how many average salaries you could pay with the $4.2 billion that hunters contribute in state and local taxes each year.

  • Buying power for fire power: HUNTERS SPEND $5.3 BILLION ON EQUIPMENT ALONE!

  • Every year, hunters and shooters pay millions in Federal excise taxes:
    $5.3 billion since 1939.

  • Through Federal Duck Stamp purchases hunters have generated more than $700 million, all of which goes into the National Wildlife Refuge System. This money has been used to purchase more than 5 million acres of land, offering some of the best public outdoor recreation and wildlife watching opportunities in the country.

  • Over the years, Federal excise taxes and state license revenue have helped bring back dozens of species, including ducks, wild turkeys and white-tailed deer. Fewer than 100,000 wild turkeys remained in the nation in 1900, and today there are 7 million.

Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation

This information was provided by the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation. CSF is the most respected and trusted hunting and fishing organization in the political arena. With support from every major hunting and fishing organization, CSF is the leader in promoting sportsmen’s issues with elected officials. CSF works directly with the bi-partisan, bi-cameral Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus in the U.S. Congress, as well as affiliated state sportsmen’s caucuses in state legislatures around the country. www.sportsmenslink.org

 

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