Safari Club International congratulates Larry Steiner, President of the Adirondack-Catskill Chapter and New York’s Regional Representative, on becoming a co-chair of Hunting Works for New York. Hunting Works For New York will educate the public on how hunting positively impacts New York’s economy, monitor public policy decisions and weigh in on hunting-related issues that impact New York jobs.
The new partnership comprised of local and regional leaders representing sporting organizations, chambers of commerce, small businesses, and retailers will serve as a vehicle to facilitate important public policy dialogue and to tell the story of how New York’s hunting heritage benefits conservation and jobs throughout the state.
“Too many people just don’t know how integral hunting and the shooting sports are to state and local economies,” said Larry Steiner, owner of Steiner Packing Company and a co-chair of Hunting Works For New York. “I was thrilled to join this partnership because I want to spread this information; I want people to know that hunters are responsible for thousands of jobs and thousands of acres of wildlife habitat.”
According to the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, 823,000 people hunt in New York each year. The new partnership wants to highlight the impact these hunters have in the state. For example, hunters in New York spend over $810 million on hunting trips and over $484 million on equipment. All in all, hunters spend $2.3 billion annually in the state of New York.
Thanks to excise taxes paid by sportsmen and women on firearms, ammunition, and archery equipment, in 2016 alone, New York received $17,702,363 of Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Funds. These funds support important conservation efforts, such as the acquisition and improvement of wildlife habitat, wildlife species introduction, wildlife research, public access programs, and hunter education programs.