New Group to Educate About Hunting's Economic Impact - WBAY

New Group to Educate About Hunting's Economic Impact

Updated: Jun 26, 2014 01:48 PM
Green Bay - A group of Wisconsin sportsmen, retailers and business leaders partner to educate the public about the economic impact hunting has on the state.

Hunting is one of Wisconsin's traditions, one that also brings a lot of money into the state.

"The majority of the public doesn't know the economic impact of hunters in Wisconsin," explained Mark LaBarbera, the co-chair of Hunting Works for Wisconsin.

The newly formed Hunting Works for Wisconsin ( wants to change that by letting people know, for example, hunting in Wisconsin supports over 34,000 jobs.

And that hunting creates a $4 billion ripple effect on the state's economy.

"Anything you can do to foster more of those economic impacts, the better off it is for the community," explained LaBarbera.

More than 70 businesses, chambers of commerce and sporting organizations are involved.

"They put out signs you'll see especially right before the hunting season, welcome hunters, big signs," added LaBarbera.

The DNR says it's also an opportunity attract more people to the sport.

"I think we just want to bring hunting to the forefront. So, people understand they can get involved in hunting," said Scott Gunderson, the assistant deputy secretary for the DNR.

Hunting Works for Wisconsin plans to use social media as a key resource for spreading its message.

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