The Economics of Hunting

(FoggyTrail Articles)

Sure, hunting’s a wonderful pastime, and why wouldn’t it be? Hunting provides the opportunity to get away from distractions and get outside with the ones you love. What you may not realize, though, is that hunting is much more than just a good time, In fact, hunting provides an incredible amount of support for business, agriculture and sustainability in America and around the world. Take a look at some prime examples of the economics of hunting:

$200 Billion Economy
Truer words have not been spoken. Nonetheless, it can be beneficial to take a step back and look at the insane amounts of revenue that hunting and angling generate every year. It’s easy to account for the money that goes into purchasing permits and buying gear, but what about the other, more easily forgotten expenses? According to the National Wildlife Federation, hunters pour more than $200 billion (not a typo) into the American economy every year. That may seem insane, but once you start to account for every tank of gas and cup of coffee purchased on the way to the hunt, it’s actually not all that surprising.

$6.4 Billion Towards Conservation
Hunters know better than almost anyone the importance of protecting and conserving our natural resources. After all, without them, they wouldn’t have anywhere to hunt. Luckily for them, taxes excised on their hunting permits and other expenses directly fund conservation efforts across the country. To be specific, hunters have paid more than $6.4 billion in taxes over the last 7 decades that has gone towards national and state conservation efforts. Impressed? Give yourself a pat on the back.

1.5 Million Jobs
Working to live is better than living to work. You work hard so that you can take time off to do the things you love, like hunt. In turn, hunters and fisherman support more than 1.5 million jobs every year with their purchases and permits. It’s a cycle that benefits everyone.

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