NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, is proud to announce that the Hunting Works for America footprint has grown and now includes a state chapter in Pennsylvania. Hunting Works for Pennsylvania joins Arizona, Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa and Missouri as the sixth state to be included in the award-winning Hunting Works for America program.
The newly formed Hunting Works for Pennsylvania partnership has more than 60 partner organizations and will be adding dozens more in the weeks and months to come.
Hunting Works for America, through its state organizations, is an initiative that seeks to bring into an alliance shooting sports organizations with businesses, workers and other non-traditional hunting entities such as chambers of commerce, convention and visitors bureaus and other trade associations, through a shared interest in the economic impact of hunting.
"Make no mistake, hunting in Pennsylvania is a powerful economic engine that supports conservation and jobs. Pennsylvanians take their right to hunt seriously and one indicator of their impact is what we pay at the cash register," said Chris Dolnack, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for NSSF. "Hunters spend $986 million a year in Pennsylvania and contribute $121 million in state and local taxes. This spending translates into 15,000 Pennsylvania jobs, $529 million in salaries and wages and an economic ripple effect of $1.6 billion."
Taxes, fees and surcharges that hunters pay when they purchase licenses, tags and equipment fund Pennsylvania's conservation efforts which benefit game and non-game species as well as anyone who enjoys the outdoors.
Hunting Works for Pennsylvania launched today with a press conference held at the State Capitol. Hunting Works for Pennsylvania is co-chaired by Vern Ross, vice president of the National Wild Turkey Federation Board, Rob Fulton, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Association of Travel and Tourism, Janet Nyce, member of the Governor's Advisory Council on Hunting, Fishing and Conservation, and Joe Keffer, owner of The Sportsman's Shop in New Holland, Penn.
Hunting Works for America initially launched in 2010 with Hunting Works for Arizona, Hunting Works for Minnesota and Hunting Works for North Dakota. These states were joined by Hunting Works for Iowa and Hunting Works for Missouri in 2012 and Hunting Works for Pennsylvania in 2013. All totaled, the Hunting Works for America program now represents more than 700 businesses, organizations and associations representing tens of thousands of stakeholders.
Becoming a member of HWFPA is absolutely free of charge so please visit www.HuntingWorksforPA.com to learn more about how to become a partner and the program including leadership, members, social media opportunities and local hunting seasons.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation® is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 8,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen's organizations and publishers. For more information, log on to www.nssf.org.