Newtown, Conn. — At some point, nearly every hunter will be called on to point out the merits of hunting. Will you be up to the task of defending this great tradition by citing well-sourced facts in your discussion?
The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry, can help you make your points with its newly updated . The card is free and available online at nssf.org/lit and in bulk quantities to your hunting club, shooting range, conservation organization or firearms retail store.
Using statistics, pie charts and color photographs, the card points out the following:
That sportsmen contribute nearly $8 million daily to wildlife conservation through hunting license sales revenues, excise taxes collected on sporting equipment, the sale of Federal Duck Stamps and other revenue sources.
That hunting helps support 600,000 jobs in the United States.
That hunters and target shooters have paid $6.8 billion in excise taxes since the inception in 1937 of the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act, commonly known as the Pittman-Robertson Act.
That game species such as white-tailed deer, waterfowl, Rocky Mountain Elk, wild turkeys and pronghorn antelope have been restored to healthy populations from dangerously low levels in the early 1900s.
“Hunters must be more than sportsmen, they must be spokespersons who speak up in defense of our traditions when that need arises,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “I keep a supply of our Hunter’s Pocket Fact Cards handy. It’s nice to leave a card with the person you’ve been talking to about hunting.”
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 6,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, log on to www.nssf.org.