Sportsmen’s Activity Report: Colorado Benefits from Economic Impact of Hunting

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Sportsmen’s Activity Report: Colorado Benefits from
Economic Impact of Hunting


NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has released a major new report documenting the importance of hunting activities to the Colorado economy. NSSF is the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry.

The report, Hunting in America: An Economic Force for Conservation, provides detailed information about participation and expenditures by America’s hunters. In Colorado alone, hunting added $762,750,827 to the state’s economy and supported 8,355 jobs.

Information on 40-plus categories of U.S. hunting-related expenditures, which grew 55 percent, is contained in the report, as well as state-by-state statistics for number of hunters, retail sales, taxes and jobs. The report notes an overall nine percent increase in hunting participation between 2006 and 2011. The money hunters spent in 2011 resulted in $87 billion being added to the nation’s economy and supported more than 680,000 jobs nationally.

“The major growth in spending by hunters is good news for businesses throughout the country, particularly small businesses in rural areas,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti.

Beyond their impact on businesses and local economies, sportsmen are the leaders in protecting wildlife and habitats. When you combine license and stamp fees, excise taxes on hunting equipment and membership contributions to conservation organizations, hunters contribute more than $1.6 billion annually to conservation.

“Hunters are without peer when it comes to funding the perpetuation and conservation of wildlife and natural habitats,” said Sanetti.

Read Hunting in America: An Economic Force for Conservation or view the report as a printable PDF.

To request hard copies of the report, email Jim Curcuruto (limited quantity available).

Mia Anstine is an outdoor writer, licensed outfitter, hunting guide, life coach, keynote speaker, and range safety officer, firearms instructor, and archery instructor. She is the founder of MAC Outdoors and Host of the MAC Outdoors Podcast. 

Mia Anstine strives to encourage others to get outside, hunt, fish, shoot, and survive life with others in a positive way.

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3 Replies to “Sportsmen’s Activity Report: Colorado Benefits from Economic Impact of Hunting”

  1. Hi Mia, As an avid outdoorsman I too am proud of our contributions to conservation and the improvement to habitat and carrying capacity. I know this is a little off topic but, I wonder how the current legislation in CO might reduce these valuable dollars to our state if passed. Hunters may choose to go to another state if their Remington 870 is re-classified as an “assault rifle”. I hope that common sense will prevail at the statehouse and we continue to fund these important programs for the benefit of all.

  2. I already have tons of friends saying they are boycotting our state. They’ll “show them”. Truly, it is us, the citicens of Colorado that will be shown. The Dem’s will not notice, or will BLAME it on the tourist’s FEAR of our hostile state. It truly saddens me that they do not see the big picture.

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