US hunting jobs hit a record low in June 2018
Posted On July 29, 2021
A year ago, hunters in the United States were spending more than $10,000 per hunter per day, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
That’s a lot of money, especially considering there’s only about 300,000 hunters nationwide.
As of May 2018, hunters spent just over $12,000 a day.
Now, according the NRA, the number of hunters in California and Nevada who hunt has dropped to less than half of its peak level in 2014.
“It’s really been a decline,” says Bob Guglielmi, director of the Hunter Education Program at the Center for the Study of the American West.
“In the last couple of years, hunters have seen a significant drop in activity and hunting has become more of a hobby for the wealthy, and less for the middle-class.”
Guglilmi is referring to the massive surge in recreational hunting in recent years, which has helped the industry generate tens of billions of dollars in revenue, even as the number and type of hunters has declined.
According to the Hunter Association, the top five states for hunters are California, Nevada, Arizona, Montana and New Mexico.
But as the population of hunters grows, so does demand for hunters, says John Cote, a professor at Texas A&M University and the author of Hunting and the Pursuit of Food: Why Hunters Choose the Food They Do.
The Hunters Association says its membership grew from 4,000 in 2008 to 15,000 today.
Cote says the industry is booming, but hunters aren’t the only ones benefiting.
“There are people out there who don’t even know what a hunter is,” he says.
It’s for the quality of life. “
Hunters have a really strong sense of social responsibility, and they’re a lot more willing to take responsibility for their actions, and it’s not just for the money.
The average American spends more than three times as much on hunting as the average American’s salary, and according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average US hunter earns about $27,000 annually. “
A lot of people don’t understand the value of a hunter and don’t think of hunting as a profession, but the reality is, a hunter’s job is not just about the money,” says Cote.
The average American spends more than three times as much on hunting as the average American’s salary, and according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average US hunter earns about $27,000 annually.
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