The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms industry, is proud to announce that the Hunting Works For America program has expanded yet again in the Northeast and now includes a state chapter in New York. The newly minted Hunting Works For New York chapter already has more than 50 partner organizations and recruiting has just begun. Along with Pennsylvania and Maine in the Northeast, other state chapters are up and running in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Oregon, Iowa, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin, giving Hunting Works For America a truly national presence.
Hunting Works For New York is the 14th chapter added to the award winning program since it was first developed back in 2010.
Hunting Works For America is unique in terms of its membership and in its ability to act as communications program on behalf of the hunting and shooting industry. A quick glance at the growing roll of participating member organizations across the country shows a diversity seldom seen within advocacy organizations. Its ranks include a diverse coalition of shooting sport organizations, conservation groups, businesses and other non-traditional hunting supporters such as chamber of commerce, convention and visitors bureaus and trade associations. By joining together the various member organizations and giving them a voice, Hunting Works For America chapters increase awareness about the importance of hunting while educating and advocating on behalf of the hunting and shooting sports.
“$2.3 billion, a truly staggering number, is what hunters in New York spend annually on hunting,” said Chris Dolnack, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for NSSF. “Having grown up in the Northeast, I’ve seen firsthand the impact hunters have on the local economies in this region. We couldn’t be happier to be working with our partners in New York because it’s a huge state for hunting both in terms of participation and in terms of what the land gives back to hunters in terms of harvest. If you aren’t a hunter you may not know it, but hunters in New York support over 23,700 jobs with the money they spend on hunting. It’s simple really, hunters support our local economies and so we see this as way to support hunters.”
Hunting Works For New York launched today with a press conference at Bass Pro Shops in Utica, New York. Hunting Works For New York is co-chaired by Larry Steiner, the owner of Steiner Packing Company; Brendan O’Bryan, the government relations manager at the Greater Binghamton Area Chamber of Commerce; Josiah Brown, the owner of New York Welcomes You and New York’s Best Experiences; and Ray Pucci, the president of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce and board member of the Catskills Association for Tourism Services (CATS).
Initially, Hunting Works For America launched in 2010 with just three states, Hunting Works For Arizona, Hunting Works For Minnesota and Hunting Works For North Dakota. Since then the program has grown, adding chapters in 13 states across the country. All totaled, the Hunting Works For America program now represents more than 2,500 businesses, organizations and associations representing tens of thousands of stakeholders.
Becoming a member of Hunting Works For New York is absolutely free of charge, so please visit www.HuntingWorksforNY.com to learn more about how to become a partner and the program, including leadership, members, social media opportunities and local hunting seasons.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 12,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, visit www.nssf.org.