Depending on where you live in the United States, deer hunting season is either wrapping up, starting this week or already in full swing. But no matter where you are in the season, observers say it’s been a good year for the hunting industry.
According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, there was a 9% increase in the number of hunters last year compared with 2006. And if seen as an economic sector, those hunters have a significant financial impact.
“To put it in perspective, the 37 million sportsmen and women over the age of 16 in America is the same as the population of the state of California, and the $90 billion they spent in 2011 is the same as the global sales of Apple’s iPad and iPhone in the same year,” said Jeff Crane, president of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, in a press statement.