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Hunting & Fishing Participation Up....

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by spitter, Sep 21, 2012.

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  1. spitter

    spitter Well-Known Member TS Supporters

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    ... from the National Shooting Sports Foundation

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A coalition of hunting and angling groups and the outdoor industry briefed members of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus yesterday on the rise in hunting and fishing participation in this country. The groups, led by the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Cabela's, Safari Club International, American Sportfishing Association and National Marine Manufacturers Association, used recently released data from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (Service) 2011 National Survey on Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife Associated Recreation...

    ... 37 million sportsmen and women over the age of 16 in America is the same as the population of the state of California... the $90 billion they spent in 2011 is the same as the global sales of Apple's iPad™ and iPhone™...

    ... Hunting and fishing have been, and clearly continue to be, important elements of our country's outdoor heritage and they are critically important to our nation's economy...

    ... Released in August by the Service shows a 9 percent increase in hunters and an 11 percent increase in anglers compared to the 2006 survey. The important thing to note is that these numbers are just accounting for sportsmen and women age 16 and older so actual participation is likely higher when adding in youth... sportsmen and women continue to direct their discretionary income toward their outdoor pursuits.

    "Our industry has continued to have strong returns, even during this lagging economy, and the reason is the commitment of hunters and shooters to their outdoor activities," said Steve Sanetti, president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation...
     
  2. hmb

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    A lot of people are out of work, good source of food to put on the table. HMB
     
  3. Barry C. Roach

    Barry C. Roach Well-Known Member

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    It's always been that way. We had bait, fishing equipment, guns, ammo and all sorts of hunting and fishing equipment in our Western Auto store.

    When times got tough, folks fished and hunted more. Our hunting and fishing license sales doubled during the Carter administration. Inflation was so bad then that protein from deer, rabbits, upland game and fish was a way to enhance the household budget.

    We tried to help too by selling shot shells 5 at a time. We had baskets with loose shells and they'd come in on friday after payday and buy as many shells as they could afford for the weekend.

    Some times the "Good Ole Days" were tough!
     
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