Hunting is a time-honored tradition in Selma and Dallas County. In restaurants and barber shops, on church pews and street corners, you can hear the buzz when seasons near. Big stories and tragic tales of the hunt have long been a staple of the rural conversation, but one aspect we often fail to discuss is the tremendous economic impact of the hunting and shooting industries.
A new organization called Hunting Works for Alabama is changing that. In partnership with the Selma and Dallas County Economic Development Authority along with the Selma and Dallas County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Information, Hunting Works hosted a breakfast at the Centre for Commerce Building here in Selma on Monday, December 5th. The primary intent behind this breakfast, and behind Hunting Works for Alabama, is education.
For instance, did you know that hunters spend a total of $1.1 billion in Alabama each year? Those dollars support 27,000 jobs in our state - jobs that provide nearly $613 million in salaries and wages. All told, hunting in Alabama translates to an overall economic impact of over $1.8 billion.
A slew of local leaders, elected officials, business owners, realtors, and hunters heard about these stats and more about Hunting Works for Alabama from Program Coordinator Rob Sexton, along with regional Co-Chairs Pam Swanner of Alabama Blackbelt Adventures and Selma’s own Tim Wood.
According to Wood, General Manager of Central Alabama Farmer’s Cooperative, “Hunting and shooting sports are huge drivers of our state economy, but I feel they don’t get the credit they deserve.” He continued, “Hunters spend millions of dollars annually, and much of that money goes to local business owners and entrepreneurs. In fact, hunters spend a great deal of money at stores like Bass Pro and Cabela’s, but they also shop at locally-owned sporting goods stores, hardware stores, gas stations, restaurants, hotels, and cafes all across Alabama.”
Hunting Works for Alabama is focused on building a coalition of businesses and organizations that are affected by the hunting and shooting industry, especially those that don’t immediately come to mind. Do you support hunting or vice versa? Join the coalition today, it costs you nothing.
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