An organization continues to spread the word on how hunting works for America.
Hunting Works for America is a program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) that is busily creating chapters in states across the country. There are 16 state chapters so far.
One of the goals of Hunting Works is to make the public, hunters, business owners, elected officials, and media aware that hunting is really important to state economies.
"I think hunters know it pretty well," says NSSF's Bill Brassard. "If they go on a hunting trip, they're buying licenses, they're frequenting sporting goods stores, buying equipment and ammunition."
If the hunters are traveling, he continues, they're booking hotel rooms, stopping for gas, and eating at restaurants, putting those dollars into the economy.
NSSF was recently at work Illinois, where it launched a Hunting Works for America chapter.
"Each hunter spends about $2,400 a year," says Brassard. "Multiply that in Illinois by about a half-million hunters participating per year and that injects a lot of funds into the economy."
The Illinois chapter followed the launch of a program in New York state, where sportsmen there spend approximately $2.3 billion annually.
"We've been all across the country really, from Oregon and Washington in the west to down south and in the east, with more states to come," says Brassard.