This hunting infographic gives you a visual idea of how much sportsmen and women spend each year. Hunting definitely funds conservation and helps the economy.
Sure, most of us already know that hunters are the primary funding source for conservation. But it's interesting to see how it breaks down by demographic, game animal, and dollar amounts.
For example, did you know that 11% of all hunters are female? Does that surprise you? Does it seem like that number should be higher or lower? I'd like to know what the average hunters' ages are by gender.
Hunters spend close to $34 billion every year. That's $34 BILLION that goes into the economy and toward conservation.
By far the largest portion of that money, $14 billion, pays for equipment and clothing. $10.4 billion goes toward trip expenses (lodging, transportation, food, etc.). That's almost $25 billion right there. That's money that's helping small and large businesses stay in business.
Over $9 billion goes into license and permit fees, and other associated costs. That money helps fund wildlife management, with $555.3-million of moneys collected from taxes via the Pittman-Robertson Act (in 2012) to fund wildlife resource projects. You can bet you won't see animal rights groups ponying up that kind of cash to help wildlife.
By far the largest percentage of funding comes from big game hunting expenditures, at almost $17 billion. $2.6 billion comes from small game and another $1.8 billion comes from migratory bird hunting. This surprises me a little. I would have thought that migratory birds would pull in a larger dollar amount. But still, it is significant.
This hunting infographic comes from the Wall Street Journal and is based on 2011 U.S. Census Bureau figures.
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