Hunting is a part of North Dakota’s heritage and culture. It is also a job creator and a great economic driver for the state.

Most North Dakotans are aware that sporting goods stores are obvious benefactors of hunting dollars, but what many people fail to realize is that local communities across the state rely on the dollars spent by hunters during the hunting seasons. Many of our small towns rely on this annual economic boost because it helps ensure their continued survival.

That is why I got involved with Hunting Works For North Dakota, www.huntingworksfornd.com, which is a partnership of motels, hotels, restaurants, gas stations, chambers of commerce and hunting organizations from across the state working to educate hunters and non-hunters alike on the important benefits hunting has on our economy and conservation efforts.

Hunters in our state spend $69.2 million on trip-related expenses and $63.8 million on hunting equipment every year. This spending supports 2,300 North Dakota jobs.

Hunting is, in many ways, a great success story here in North Dakota. It helps our towns, our businesses, and allows thousands the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you’re a hunter or not, it’s important to understand we all benefit from the economic impact of hunters.

Phil Mastrangelo, Mandan

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