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Just a little HINT to all you anti's out there you are fighting a losing battle. There is no way the government will let something that draws so much money into our countries pocket to be stopped. So you may as well pack it up and put your energy in stopping the trafficking of drugs and other illegal activities that are going on in our country and leave us true AMERICANS alone. This is a free country and if I choose to hunt and feed my family from the rewards of my hunt that is my choice. So with this I say get a life and leave Me and my fellow hunters alone. Remember you Yuppie Anti's kill more Deer inhumanely with your Beemers and Mercedes then all us hunters combined.

Hunting is much more than a traditional American pastime. It creates more than 700,000 jobs nationwide. New studies now show that annual spending by America's 14 million hunters amounts to $22.1 billion. By comparison, and if hypothetically ranked as a "corporation," that revenue figure would put hunting in thirty-fifth place on the Fortune 500 list of America's largest businesses, right between J.C. Penney and United Parcel Service.
The impact of the American economy of all that spending is extraordinary. When the spending figure was "crunched" recently by economic analysts to account for "ripple" or economic multiplier effects, hunters' spending was shown to have:

$ Created a nationwide economic impact of about $61 billion.
$ Supported 704,600 million jobs, or nearly 1 percent of America's entire civilian labor force, in all sectors of the American economy. Created household income (salaries and wages) totaling 416.1 billion, which is roughly equivalent to 25 percent of America's entire military payroll.

$ Added $1.4 billion to state tax revenues, or nearly 1 percent of all annual state tax revenues combined.

$ Contributed $1.7 billion in federal income taxes, which equates to almost half of the entire federal budget for commerce.

Hunter spending increases. These 1996 spending figures were derived from the latest United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife Associated Recreation, conducted every five years in conjunction with the U.S.Census Bureau. Economic analysts for the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (IAFWA; through Southwick Associates, a resource-economics consulting firm) have then used computer models to determine the effects of that spending nationwide. This hunter-spending total increased by an amazing 78 percent in the five years since the last survey was completed in 1991, when the total was $12.4 billion.

When times are good, people spend money and 14 million of those people, or roughly one of every fifteen Americans age 16 and older, choose to spend a great deal of that money on hunting. Part of the increase, too, comes from more time spent in the field. American hunters spent 8 percent more time in the field during 1996 than in 1991, according to the USFWS survey.

While the spending figures are impressive by themselves, they become even more so through consideration of "ripple" or multiplier effects. This is basically the modern economist's way of saying that money is like manure because the more it's spread around the more good it does. Each dollar spent by a hunter increases another person's income, enabling that person (or business) to spend more, which in turn increases income for somebody else. The process continues as wide series of ripples through local regional, and national economies until the spreading fragments of the original dollar become so small they can no longer be measured.
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