Elk NetworkAnswering Questions Posed by Non-Hunters

Conservation | November 7, 2018

Why do you hunt? What are the benefits of hunting? How does hunting help conservation? What kind of impact does hunting have on the economy? As hunters, there are so many questions we field about how and why we do the things we do. For some, answering those questions can be daunting.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation maintains that Hunting Is Conservation. You can find 25 reasons why hunting is conservation here. Those reasons include how hunters helped restore ailing wildlife populations, revenue generated via hunters through the purchase of excise taxes on guns and equipment as well as fees and licenses, and various other facts regarding wildlife management and overall participation numbers. You can also find infographics and short videos that highlight how hunting is conservation.

Additionally, the National Shooting Sports Federation compiled handy information within its Hunter’s Pocket Fact Card. Here are a few of them:

• Sportsmen and women contribute nearly $9.4 million every day, adding more than $3.4 billion every year for conservation
• Hunting in American generates 680.000 jobs in the United States
• Sportsmen paid more than $20 billion for on-the-ground conservation projects over the last 80 years

(Photo source: National Shooting Sports Federation)