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Study: Duck Hunting Generates Billions for Economy

Study: Duck Hunting Generates Billions for Economy

undefinedWe all know the role that waterfowl hunting plays in conservation. Among other contributions, the 1.4 million federal duck stamps sold annually have helped save 2.5 million acres of vital wetlands in the prairie pothole region. But have you ever wondered about the impact that sales of decoys, duck calls, blinds, waders and other gear have on the economy?

According to a study by Southwick Associates, it is substantial to say the least: In 2011, waterfowl hunting generated nearly $3.4 billion in retail sales and supported 68,827 jobs.

Stats like this call to mind the suggestion by anti-hunters that we are a dying breed. Clearly quite a few duck hunters remain among our ranks, and we're sufficiently passionate about our sport to spend some serious bucks.

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