Sportsmen's Economic Impact Report
As the nation continues to pull itself out of the economic downturn, stories of particularly strong markets and avid consumers is a resonating theme. Promoting the relevance of the outdoor industry is more important than ever as sportsmen and women depend on having places to hunt fish and shoot while the communities that provide these services thrive due to their support of sportsmen and women. In 2012, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released the most thorough economic and participation research results for our outdoor industry, data that is only gathered every five years. In addition, 2012 marks the 75th anniversary of the incredibly successful Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) programs – a key element of the user pays-public benefits structure of the American System of Conservation Funding, through which hunters, recreational anglers and shooters and trappers provide the vast majority of funding for state fish and wildlife agencies.
The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) turns this national and state-specific economic data into a compelling, full color report to publicize the information and promote the importance of sportsmen and women within the nation’s broader economy and to the conservation of our natural resources.
On January 17, 2013, the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) released two new reports 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.
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Nearly 34 million Americans ages 16 and older head outdoors to hunt and fish every year. Through hunting and fishing license fees and excise taxes on hunting and fishing equipment, hunters and anglers are responsible for the majority of fish and wildlife conservation funding in the United States.
Fish and wildlife management programs funded by these fees have conserved millions of acres of habitat and have brought back many species, including wild turkey, wood duck, bald eagle, and pronghorn antelope, from unhealthy population levels.
Understanding hunting and fishing, and hunters and anglers as a constituency, is vital to effectively managing the nation’s natural resources. Policy makers, legislators, fish and wildlife professionals, conservation organizations, and hunters and anglers themselves have an unmet need for science-based, comprehensive information on hunting and fishing to inform their understanding, communications, decision making, and planning.
The Sportsman’s Voice: Hunting and Fishing in America is the first book that provides a comprehensive, up-to-date look at hunting and fishing in America. It bridges the gap between hundreds of scientific studies of the human dimensions of conservation and on-the-ground situations, giving this information meaningful context and real-world utility.
Find Your State
Ranking 23rd in total spending and 10th in total number of sportsmen per state, the Keystone State's 1.42 million hunters and anglers spend $1.5... Read More
The Garden state’s 794,000 sportsmen spend over $1.26 billion annually, supporting 16,905 jobs in the state. Working with CSF in a coordinated... Read More
Wyoming’s 390,000 hunters and anglers spend $778 million annually and support over 13,943 jobs throughout the state. Working with CSF in a... Read More
Ranking 9th in total sportsmen and 5th in annual spending, The Badger State’s 1.55 million sportsmen spend $4.03 billion annually and support... Read More
The Mountain State’s 447,000 sportsmen spend over $870 million annually and support over 12,585 jobs. Working with CSF in a coordinated effort... Read More
The Evergreen State's 1.01 million hunters and anglers spend $1.6 billion annually and support 21,823 jobs. Working with CSF in a coordinated... Read More
The Old Dominion State's 1.07 million hunters and anglers spend $2.38 billion annually and support 39,164 jobs. Working with CSF in a... Read More
The Green Mountain State's 254,000 hunters and anglers spend $442 million annually and support 6,814 jobs. Working with CSF in a coordinated... Read More
The Beehive State's 493,000 hunters and anglers spend $1.04 billion annually and support 19,677 jobs. Working with the CSF in a coordinated... Read More