Did you know there are 37.4 million hunters and anglers in America that spend approximately $90 Billion annually. What they contribute to protecting and enhancing our natural resources must be staggering. Read full report on Congresssional Sportsmen's Foundation website: http://www.sportsmenslink.org/reports/
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What We Do Maryland Sportsmen's Foundation
works on behalf of current and future generations of Maryland sportsmen
not only by helping to conserve, promote, and protect Maryland's lands,
wildlife, and wildlife habitat, but also by safeguarding their
traditional rights to fish, hunt, trap, and enjoy the lawful use of
To conserve, promote and protect Maryland’s lands, wildlife and wildlife habitat for the future enjoyment of all citizens.
To ensure sportsmen in Maryland have reasonable access to public lands and water to enjoy outdoor pursuits.
protect the sportsmen’s investment in wildlife and fisheries management
by safeguarding the integrity of user-fee trust funds such as the
Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration (Pittman-Robertson) and the Federal
Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act (Dingell-Johnson-Wallop-Breaux).
support efforts to enhance multiple use habitat management for wildlife
and fisheries, and the sustainable use of renewable wildlife and marine
resources under professional and scientific management.
recognize and promote the importance of fishing, hunting, trapping and
other outdoor activities to our State and the National economy.
To support the maintenance and growth of outdoor-related industries and activities.
To provide Sportsmen and Related Outreach and Education.
To Convene people, organizations, associations and agencies to further the Sportsmen Foundation’s Mission
Reasons Why Hunting is Conservation
In 1907, only 41,000 elk remained in North America. Thanks to the money and hard work invested by hunters to restore and conserve habitat, today there are well over 1 million.
In 1900, only 500,000 whitetails remained. Thanks to conservation work spearheaded by hunters, today there are over 32 million.
In 1901, few ducks remained. Thanks to hunters’ efforts to restore and conserve wetlands, today there are over 44 million.
In 1900, only 100,000 wild turkeys remained. Thanks to hunters, today there are over 7 million.
In 1950, only 12,000 pronghorn remained. Thanks to hunters, today there are over 1.1 million.
Habitat, research and wildlife law enforcement work, all paid for by hunters, help countless non-hunted species.
Through state licenses and fees, hunters pay $725 million a year for conservation programs.
Through donations to groups like MLSF, hunters add $300 million a year to conservation efforts.
In 1937, hunters actually requested an 11% tax on guns, ammo, bows and
arrows to help fund conservation. That tax has so far raised more than
$2 billion for wildlife conservation.
An 11% tax on guns, ammo, bows and arrows generates $280 million a year for conservation.
All together, hunters pay over $1 billion a year for conservation programs. No one gives more!
Three out of four Americans approve of hunting, partly because hunters are America’s greatest positive force for conservation.
As taxpayers, hunters also fund the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, etc.
Hunting funds conservation AND the economy, generating $25 billion a year in retail spending.
Hunting supports 600,000 jobs, from game wardens to waitresses, biologists to motel clerks.
A wildlife management tool, hunting helps balance wildlife populations
with what the land can support, limits crop damage and curtails disease
Hunters help manage growing numbers of predators such as cougars, bears,
coyotes and wolves. Our government spends millions to control predators
and varmints while hunters have proven more than willing to pay for
Hunting has major value for highway safety. For every deer hit by a motorist, hunters take six.
Deer collisions kill 200 motorists and cost $10 billion a year. Imagine costs without hunting!
Hunters provide for conservation—and for their families. Hunting is a
healthy way to connect with nature and eat the world’s most organic,
lean, free-range meat.
Hunter numbers are down, while hunter spending for conservation is up. Unequaled devotion!
Avid hunter Theodore Roosevelt created our national forests and
grasslands and forever protected 230 million acres for wildlife and the
public to use and enjoy.
As society loses its ties to wildlife and conservation, the bonds with
nature formed by hunting are the greatest hope for creating the next
generation of true conservationists.
Take a Closer Look
The 426,000 residents who hunt and fish in Maryland is more than 2 times the combined populations of the cities of Columbia and Germantown.
The number of people who hunted or fished in Maryland in 2011 could fill the Baltimore Ravens' stadium more than 6 times (445,000 vs 71,000)
Sportsmen and women spent $815 million on hunting and fishing in Maryland in 2011 - that ismore than receipts for broilers, the state's top agricultural commodity that year ($815 million vs. $725 million).
Hunters and anglers support 10,707 jobs in Maryland, more than Lockheed Martin, one of the state's largest employers (10,707 vs. 8,000).
Spending by sportsmen and women in Maryland generated $84 million in state and local
taxes in 2011 - that's enough to support the average salaries of 1,486 police and sheriff's patrol officers.
partnership with Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Rocky
Mountain Elk Foundation, is currently studying the feasibility of the
Reintroduction of Elk to Maryland.
There is no predetermined outcome, as part of Phase I, MLSF has hired
Responsive Management to conduct a statewide opinion survey.
Sunday Hunting of Deer Authorized Since 1723
• First State to Earmark Hunting License Fees for Farmers
& Hunters Feeding the Hungry Program
• Conservation Law Enforcement Act of 2010
• Fishery Reform Management Act of 2007
• First State on Atlantic Seaboard to Provide Gubernatorial
Proclamation for Catching & Releasing a 40" Rockfish
• Sponsored First Summit of Sportsmen's Caucuses
• Opened 58,000 Acres of Chesapeake Lands for Hunting
• Defeated Efforts to Prohibit the Use of Leg Hold Traps
• #1 State in the Nation for Protecting Sportsmen's Rights
• First State to have Caucus Co-Chairman Elected as the
President of the Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses
• Maryland Hunting Heritage Protection Act of 2006
• Yellow Perch Conservation & Sustainability Act of 2007
• Helped Secure First Decision by Atlantic States Fisheries
Marine Commission to Impose Cap on Menhaden
• Sponsored Maryland's First Sportsmen's Summit
• Helped Secure Passage of the Freedom to Fish Act
• Defeated Effort to Impose Black Bear Hunting Moratorium
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