A new advocacy group is looking to highlight how hunting helps our local economy.
Hunting Works for New York is a newly-formed group that will advocate for hunters and hunting rights in 2018.
It held a luncheon meeting and clay pigeon shoot Tuesday at the Binghamton Gun Club in Kirkwood.
The main focus is on hunting’s economic impact in New York, but the group will also look to educate people on the business of hunting and responsible gun ownership.
Hunting Works Co-Chair and Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce Manager of Government Relations Brendan O’Bryan says many local businesses profit from people hunting in the Southern Tier.
“We’re not just talking about big box stores. They’re stopping at gas stations, they’re buying cars, they’re staying in hotels and eating at local restaurants. That impact goes across the board when you have tourism and people come to our are to do some hunting,” said O’Bryan.
O’Bryan says hunting has an impact of around $1.2 billion a year statewide, supporting 23,000 jobs.
There are nearly 825,000 hunters statewide, spending on average around $3,000 per year on trips and equipment.
For more information, log on to huntingworksforny.com.