It's not fake news: hunting is good for the economy.
"Hunting Works for America" is a program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) that is busily creating chapters in states across the country. Chapters exist in 18 states so far, including Ohio, which was added to the list Monday.
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.
"If they go on a hunting trip, they're buying licenses, they're frequenting sporting goods stores and buying equipment, including ammunition," NSSF's Bill Brassard explains. "If they're traveling a ways, they're staying in hotels, they're stopping at gas stations, and they're eating at restaurants. So in many, many ways, they're injecting a lot of money into the economy."
And how much might that be? According to NSSF, hunters spend $850 million a year in Ohio alone, about $320 million on trip-related expenses, and $274 million on equipment.
"We've been all across the country," cheers Brassard. "From Oregon and Washington in the west to down south and in the east with more states to come."
NSSF launched the program in 2010 with three states: Arizona, Minnesota, and North Dakota. Since then, chapters have opened in Iowa, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Washington, Oregon, Alabama, Maine, Utah, Colorado, South Dakota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois and New York.