Turkey hunters are a special breed, turkey hunters are on the rise, and the most amazing thing of all is turkey hunters are big, big, big spenders. Here are a few facts about the economic contributions of turkey hunters.
1. If spring turkey hunters had their own state, they'd represent the nation's 35th largest state.
2. A spring turkey hunter spends an average of $784.38 on spring turkey hunting each year. (I have spent about $700 already this year.)
3. Spring turkey hunter's dollars provide jobs for 41,323 people who generate almost $200 million in federal income taxes.
4. The total number of jobs supported by spring turkey hunting in the United States is enough to completely eliminate unemployment in the states of Nebraska, New Hampshire or Idaho.
5. The jobs supported by spring turkey hunting are nearly 50 percent larger than the number of employees of U.S. Airways, a Fortune 500 company.
6. The federal income tax revenues generated from spring turkey hunting activities in the United States would pay the salaries and allowances for more than 5,600 U.S. soldiers.
We are not just passionate about this sport, we are obsessed with it. The camouflage, the guns, the spring weather, the gobbling turkeys, the thrill of calling them in, the excitement of the kill, and the good times and memories associated with every hunting experience makes hunting one of the greatest sports in the U.S.
I certainly hope that turkey hunting continues to be a passion and an obsession in the lives of hunters and that it is something that is passed down from generation to generation throughout the years. If you've been hunting already this spring I would love to hear your stories in the comments below!