Hunting’s impact on Michigan most apparent during the Deer Opener...
(LANSING, Mich.) – Local and regional leaders representing sporting organizations, chambers of commerce, small businesses and retailers recently formed a new partnership called Hunting Works For Michigan. The diverse group of over 100 partners is looking to educate the public on how hunting impacts the state’s economy. This impact is perhaps most strongly felt on November 15 when thousands of hunters from across the state head to their deer stand for the season opener.
“We see hunters in the stores all the time during hunting season,” said Mark Griffin, president of the Michigan Petroleum Association and Michigan Association of Convenience Stores, and a co-chair of Hunting Works For Michigan. “Our members appreciate the business that hunters bring in and it’s a lot of business. Not enough people understand that hunters spend money all over, they buy gas and groceries, they stay in hotels and they eat at local restaurants. We wanted to be a part of telling that story to everyone in Michigan.”
According to the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, over 528,000 people hunt in Michigan each year. Hunting Works For Michigan was formed to highlight the impact these hunters have in the state. For example, hunters in Michigan spend over $270 million on hunting trips and over $1.3 billion on equipment. All told, hunters spend $2.3 billion annually in the state of Michigan.
“As the head of the Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau, I have seen the varied and robust impact hunters have on our local economy, and I am excited about sharing that story with others in our state,” said Joy VanDrie, executive director of the Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau, co-chair of the Hunting & Fishing Committee of the Michigan Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus, and a co-chair of Hunting Works For Michigan. “The money spent by hunters supports over 34,400 jobs and has a $3.9 billion ripple effect on Michigan’s economy; those are the kind of numbers that should be shared far and wide.”
While the economic contributions of hunters are considerable, hunters’ dollars also pay for conservation efforts. Thanks to the Pittman-Robertson Act, hunters pay an 11 percent excise tax on equipment sales which is used to conserve and restore habitat.
“As the owner of a sporting goods store, I know all about the economic side of hunting, but hunters do even more than just support businesses like mine,” said Jeff Poet, owner of Jay’s Sporting Goods and a co-chair of Hunting Works For Michigan. “As a member of the Michigan Wildlife Council I also know all about how hunters are funding our conservation efforts. Michigan, and America, would not have the natural beauty we do without hunters paying for licenses, tags and an 11 percent excise tax on their hunting equipment, which goes toward conservation funding.”
Hunting Works For Michigan and its partners plan to attend events and educate the public and elected officials on why hunting and the shooting sports are so important to Michigan’s economy.
“Michigan has some beautiful country, and I can’t think of anything better than spending a weekend with friends or family calling in a turkey or waiting for a white tail,” said Jimmy Gretzinger host of Michigan Out of Doors Television and co-chair of Hunting Works For Michigan. “I am so grateful that I get to spend my time traveling to every corner of our great state to hunt, a pastime that connects me with nature and our heritage. I am proud to be a hunter and a part of this effort. I hope everyone who sees a hunter this fall will thank them for the contributions they make to our state.”
The newly formed Hunting Works For Michigan partnership is supported by sporting organizations such as the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
Hunting Works For Michigan
Hunting Works For Michigan is a local grassroots partnership of organizations focused on hunting and the economics derived from these activities. Hunting Works For Michigan members are advocates for public policy who support jobs and economic prosperity. As a grassroots organization we explain the role that hunting and the shooting sports play in both the heritage and economic health of Michigan.
For more information on Hunting Works For Michigan, please visit www.HUNTINGWORKSFORMI.com
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