Contact: Brent Miller, Senior Director, Northeastern States
On October 24, Governor Phil Scott, a member of the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus held a press conference to recognize the importance of hunting, fishing, recreational shooting, and trapping to the economy of the Green Mountain State. The Governor was joined by the Commissioner of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, Louis Porter; Commission staff; and leaders and members of sportsmen’s conservation organizations at the Barre Fish and Game Club for the event.
A recent news report by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis found that sportsmen’s activities are the second largest driver of Vermont’s outdoor recreation economy (only behind snow sports). The report highlighted that over 17,000 Vermonters work in outdoor recreation, and Commissioner Porter states that “each year, nearly 80,000 people are licensed to hunt in Vermont, and more than 132,000 are licensed to fish,” which are impressive figures considering the state counted less than 650,000 residents in 2018.
“Vermont has a rich history of hunting and angling, extending back before we were even a state. It’s a major part of our way of life,” said Gov. Scott. “For me it was a family tradition, and I encourage more Vermonters who have an interest to get out there and try it. Take your son, daughter, niece, nephew, cousin or mentee, and learn what the tradition is all about.”
Beyond the obvious economic benefits that these traditions provide for the state’s rural economies, the press conference also highlighted the fact that more than 4 million servings of local, sustainable, and healthy food were consumed by Vermonters last year as a direct result of participation in hunting and fishing.
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- Improve hunter and target shooter involvement in regulatory and legislative processes. (11.49%)
- Enact or expand temporary hunter education deferral programs (apprentice license programs, multiyear options, programs for all first-time hunters regardless of age, and programs promoting hunting of multiple game species). (12.26%)
- Offer shooting sports and hunter education as school activities and recreation programs. (63.22%)
- Link existing programming into family-oriented organizations (such as churches and home-school groups) where participants will have the social support to continue. (13.03%)