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The Bottom Line
Each day of the year sportsman contribute more than $3 million to wildlife conservation efforts. This amounts to more than $1.5 billion a year.
Hunters contribute more than $21 billion to the US economy each year, supporting almost 700,000 jobs. For every 25 hunters or fishermen, enough economic activity is generated to create one new American job.
For every taxpayer dollar invested in wildlife conservation, sportsmen contribute $12.
Through over 10,000 private groups and organizations (such as Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation) sportsmen contribute and additional $300 million each year to wildlife conservation activities.
Federal tax revenues generated by sportsmen in one year could pay for the combined budgets of the Fish and Wildlife Service, Endangered Species Appropriations, Bureau of Land Management, National Biological Service and the National Park Service for two years.
Federal tax revenues generated from New York sportsmen could pay for the entire US FOrest Service Fish and Wildlife Budget. Pennsylvania could pick up the same tab!
Sportsmen's sales tax revenues generated in North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont and West Virginia could pay for their entire State Parks and Recreation Budgets.
Sportsmen's retail sales in Alabama and Georgia are twice the amount of those states' entire annual production of cotton.
In Missouri, sportsmen's retail sales are 1.5 times greater than the annual corn crop production and Idaho's sportsmen's retail sales equal the state's entire potato production. Comparing sportsmen's economic impact to that of the beef industry, Utah sportmen's retail sales are 1.5 times greater than the state's beef production.
Sportsmen's spending surpasses the value of our country's major seafood production stats of South Carolina, Virginia, Louisiana and Maine by more than three times the market's value.
Sportsmen's dollars create $60 billion in retail sales, 1.9 million jobs, $8.7 million in state and federal tax revenues - and this creates a $169 billion ripple effect on our nations economy.
If hunting, fishing and trapping were a corporation, we would rank 10th on the fortune 500 List ahead of AT&T and Philip Morris.
Sportsmen support more jobs than TWICE the number of workers employed by WalMart, the largest Fortune 500 employer.
Jobs supported by sportsmen in Alabama outnumber the combined employees of H.J. Heinz, General Mills and Quaker Oats - All Fortune 500 companies.
Michigan sportsmen support more jobs than the entire NATIONAL workforce of Chrysler.
Texas sportsmen support more jobs than Exxon - the largest employer in the state. Tax revenues generated by sportsmen exceed the box office total of all US movie theaters or, better yet, the combined box office earnings of the ALL TIME TOP TEN grossing films.
WHAT A STORY!!!
In 1900, less than half a million white-tailed deer remained in the nation. Today, conservation programs have returned the whitetail population to more than 18 million.
Habitat destruction reduced Canada goose populations to a low of some 1,110,000 in the late 1940's. Today, there are more than 3 times that number.
In 1907, only about 41,000 elk could be counted in the US. Today, populations in ten western states total approximately 800,000.
By the early 1900's, encroaching civilization and habitat loss may have reduced the wild turkey population to under 100,000. Today, conservation programs have restored the population to some 4.5 million birds.
About 50 years ago, the total US population of pronghorn was only about 12,000. Today, conservation programs have helped increase the population to more than one million.
Sportsmen's efforts and dollars have brought back dozens of threatened species of American wildlife - both game and non-game.
Sportsmen's dollars have purchased and restored millions of acres of wetlands and valuable wildlife habitat.
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