Rep. Kind Highlights Tremendous Economic Impact of Sportsmen's Community
During First Ever ‘Congressional Sportsmen’s Week,’ New Report Shows
Hunters and Anglers Spend $76 Billion Annually
Washington, D.C. – As part of the first-ever Congressional Sportsmen’s Week, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind today highlighted a new report from the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation demonstrating the tremendous economic impact of America’s 34 million hunters and anglers. Spending more than $76 billion a year on hunting and fishing activities, America’s sportsmen and women spend more than the revenues of high-tech giants Microsoft, Google, eBay and Yahoo – combined.
“This report clearly demonstrates the tremendous impact that sportsmen and women have on their communities, the economy, the environment, and even on politics,” said U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, avid sportsman and co-chair of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus. “Their presence is too great to be ignored by policymakers in Washington, DC, and I urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to look at this report and make sportsmen’s issues a priority.”
The report, Hunting and Fishing: Bright Stars of the American Economy ~ A Force as Big as All Outdoors, uses the results from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2006 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation and compares hunters’ and anglers’ impact on the economy with other industries and constituencies.
The latest figures demonstrate that season after season hunters and anglers are an economic powerhouse, driving the economy from big businesses to rural towns, through booms and recessions. They directly support 1.6 million jobs, which is twice as many jobs as the combined civilian payrolls of the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps.
“While hunting and fishing are generally thought of as just outdoor traditions, they actually comprise an outdoor nation - both in terms of economic impact, and in turning out the vote on Election Day,” stated Jeff Crane, President of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation. “If the $76 billion sportsmen spend on hunting and fishing was the Gross Domestic Product of a country, sportsmen as a nation would rank 57th out of 181 countries.”
Broken down to a daily spending figure, the economic stimulus of hunting and fishing comes out to an astounding $208 million a day. This spending keeps people working: not just in typical hunting and fishing jobs, but also in gas stations, retail, restaurants and hotels throughout every state and congressional district of the USA. Of course, government coffers also benefit -- spending by sportsmen generates $25 billion in federal, state and local taxes.
While recent media attention has focused on the small decreases in licensed sportsmen, the CSF report focuses on the economic powerhouse of hunters and anglers and how they compare to other sectors of the economy. The report also discusses the “undocumented sportsmen” – hunters and anglers whose numbers cannot be derived from this data.
“It is a fairly simple equation - hunters and anglers mean jobs and tax revenue in every state and congressional district of the country,” stated Crane. “The economic impact and shear size of sportsmen as a constituency are facts that every lawmaker should pay attention too.”
The full report: Hunting and Fishing: Bright Stars of the American Economy ~ A Force as Big as All Outdoors, along with FAST FACTS are available on the web at www.sportsmenslink.org and www.nssf.org.