Why Should State Wildlife Agencies Encourage More Target Shooting?

Six years ago, only 22.5% of all taxable firearm and ammunition sales were for hunting-related purposes. The rest went for target shooting, work-related purchases, collectors and self- and home-protection purposes. Given the tremendous growth in firearm sales these past two years largely driven for protection concerns, the percentage of sales attributable to hunting is certainly less. Click here for a 2017 white paper by Southwick Associates documenting the contributions of target shooters to wildlife conservation and the need for states to invest in public ranges. 

2015 Hunting vs Target Shooting Sales of Taxable Firearm and Ammo Products

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