Reader Lou Alexander just got back from a vacation in England (Lou, it sounds like you take some killer trips, by the way), and emailed me, commenting that, “Hunting is a rich man’s sport there.”
While it’s true that in this country you don’t have to be rich to be a hunter (yet!), sportsmen as a group spend some serious bucks. Around the time I got Lou’s email, I was reading that Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation report on the money spent by hunters and fishermen a year. For those of you who haven’t seen it, it’s currently on the CSF homepage.
Just to post some fun facts for a Friday afternoon, I yanked a few of the most interesting annual numbers out of that report.
$76 billion – Amount sportsmen spend on hunting and fishing a year (that’s more than the revenues of Google, Microsoft, eBay, and Yahoo combined)
12.5 million – Number of hunters in the U.S.
$23 billion – Total amount hunters spend on their sport a year
$1,992 – Individual amount the average hunter spends on his or her sport a year
And here's what the report says those bucks buy each year:
$493 million – Spent on hunting dogs
$2.4 billion – Spent on guns and rifles
$203 million – Spent on binoculars, telescopes, and field glasses
$459 million – Spent on apparel
$187 million – Spent on decoys and game calls
$696 million – Spent on ammunition
$3.50 – Spent at a yard sale by me on my newest pair of camo gloves (I talked the guy down from $7 – what a steal!)