A pro-hunting group representing tens of thousands of stakeholders continues to expand across the country with its message that hunting is good for the economy.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, has announced the "Hunting Works For America" footprint has grown to include Maryland. Maryland joins 18 other states, including most recently Ohio, as the 19th state to be included in the "Hunting Works For America" program.
NSSF spokesman Bill Brassard says one of the goals of Hunting Works is to make the public, hunters, business owners, elected officials, and news outlets aware that hunting is really important to state economies.
"Hunters know it pretty well," says Brassard. "If they go on a hunting trip, they're buying licenses, they're frequenting sporting goods stores and buying equipment including ammunition."
If they're traveling a long distance, he adds, that means stopping at gas stations, restaurants, and hotels. "So in many, many ways, they're injecting a lot of money into the economy," he points out.
How much money? According to NSSF, the average hunter in Maryland spends $3,000 a year, which translates into $128 million in salaries and wages and an economic ripple effect of $401 million.
Hunting Works For America launched in 2010 with just three states: Arizona, Minnesota and North Dakota. "We've been all across the country since then, from Oregon and Washington in the west to down south and in the east," Brassard concludes – "and with more states to come."
Website: Hunting Works For Maryland