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Greenback Bucks #8452879 11/18/21 11:50 PM
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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation just released some interesting statistics that show what big business hunting is. This is "dollars spent per year in the US."
$5.9 BILLION on firearms, ammo and archery equipment
$3.1 BILLION on lodging and food
$630 MILLION on clothing
$256 MILLION on licenses, tags and permits

I'll have to confess that I have contributed regularly to all these numbers and feel that it is money well spent. If I toss in the amount of money spent on adult beverages before, during, and after the prime hunting seasons. the number of $ goes up a bit. OK, a lot.

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I would be really interesting in knowing how they came up with those numbers. How do they know what firearms and ammo are being used for hunting?


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Originally Posted by Double Naught Spy
I would be really interesting in knowing how they came up with those numbers. How do they know what firearms and ammo are being used for hunting?

same with lodging and food ... we have to eat whether we are hunting or not, so to me the food portion is a wash. As far as lodging, how would they ever narrow it down to hunting versus any other reason to have lodging

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I don't know anything about this study, but generally, they would survey hunters about what they spend each year in each category. Get a big enough sample and they could extrapolate the numbers above.

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Florida must be getting it done on the fishing license side.


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Originally Posted by Double Naught Spy
I would be really interesting in knowing how they came up with those numbers. How do they know what firearms and ammo are being used for hunting?


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Originally Posted by Double Naught Spy
I would be really interesting in knowing how they came up with those numbers. How do they know what firearms and ammo are being used for hunting?

According to RMEF, their data are sourced from: Hunting in America: An Economic Force for Conservation; National Shooting Sports Foundation; and US Fish and Wildlife Service's Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-associated Recreation.

I doubt the numbers are precise, and certainly can be challenged, but even if they're only half right, they are some big numbers that sportsmen and sportswomen are dumping into our economy.

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