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The start of a full fledged report of the impact of sportsmen in America by the Congressional Sportsmens caucus. The full report is due out late november - just in time for the holidays and those family discussion or talks with family and friends... some who may not share our passions.

Hunting and fishing – they are solitary pursuits. Time in the field
or on the water is often spent alone or with a small group of
your closest friends or family. <span style="font-weight: bold">But when you add up all of those
individuals, there are 37.4 million hunters and anglers over the
age of 16. That’s as much as the population of the entire state
of California, and the numbers are going up.</span> 2011 saw the first
increase in hunters (9%) and anglers (11%) in recent years.

Sportsmen and women are an economic powerhouse, fueling the American
economy. <span style="font-weight: bold">The $90 billion spent in 2011 would land them at #24 on the Fortune 500 list, above
well-known companies like Kroger, Procter & Gamble and Costco</span>. From boats to shotguns to land
purchased for a place to hunt or fish, every single sportsman spent on average $2,407.

<span style="font-weight: bold">Sportsmen bankroll conservation.</span> Excise taxes
on fishing, hunting and shooting equipment as well
as fees for licenses and stamps are all
dedicated toward fish and wildlife agencies.
Add sportsmen’s generous support of
conservation organizations and <span style="font-weight: bold">you’re looking at
$3 BILLION A YEAR.</span>

<span style="font-weight: bold">2012 marks the 75th Anniversary
of the Wildlife and Sport Fish
Restoration programs, the
visionary effort to direct excise
taxes on hunting and fishing
equipment toward conservation.
Without sportsmen and the
sporting industries stepping up
to the plate, our outdoor world
would be a very different place.</span>

The $12 billion anglers
spent on boats and
other special equipment
in 2011 is more than
the global revenues for
Starbucks that year.

Hunters spent $6 billion on
guns, ammunition and archery
equipment in 2011. That’s the
same as the sales of bicycles
in the United States.

There are 33.1 million
anglers in America.
Equal to the 2011
attendance of both
Disney’s Magic Kingdom
and Disneyland.

Anglers spent $22 billion on fishing trip related expenses,
twice the total movie box office receipts for 2011.

<span style="font-weight: bold">HUNTERS COULD FILL
<span style="text-decoration: underline">EVERY</span> NASCAR TRACK
5½ TIMES.</span>

CSF and its partners
will be developing
a more detailed report in
late fall 2012 when the final
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
data becomes available.
State-specific information will
also be available at that time.

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Economic Impact Report
As the nation continues to pull itself out of the economic downturn, stories of particularly strong markets and avid consumers is a resonating theme. Promoting the relevance of the outdoor industry is more important than ever as sportsmen and women depend on having places to hunt fish and shoot while the communities that provide these services thrive due to their support of sportsmen and women. In 2012, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released the most thorough economic and participation research results for our outdoor industry, data that is only gathered every five years. In addition, 2012 marks the 75th anniversary of the incredibly successful Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) programs – a key element of the user pays-public benefits structure of the American System of Conservation Funding, through which hunters, trappers, and recreational shooters and anglers provide the vast majority of funding for state fish and wildlife agencies.

The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) turns this national and state-specific economic data into a compelling, full color report to publicize the information and promote the importance of sportsmen and women within the nation’s broader economy and to the conservation of our natural resources.

Please check back in late November to download the 2012 Economic Impact Report.
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