Congressman Collin Peterson -- Minnesota's Seventh Congressional District
Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 25, 2007
CONTACT: 
Allison Myhre/218-731-1657

Congress Recognizes Sportsmen and Women with Passage of Bills 

(Detroit Lakes, Minn) – Congressman Collin Peterson announced that this week marks the first ever Congressional Sportsmen’s Week, starting Monday, September 24 through Wednesday October 3. The House of Representatives will focus on issues important to the sportsmen’s community and recognize the tremendous contributions these men and women make to our economy and our communities all across the country. 

“As Agriculture Committee Chairman I pushed House Resolution 79, recognizing the establishment of Hunters for the Hungry programs across the United States, so that every Member of Congress would better understand the important contribution sportsmen and sportswomen who hunt make to fighting hunger,” Peterson said. 

Every year, millions of Americans participate in hunting and fishing activities across the U.S. In 2006 alone, an U.S. Fish and Wildlife estimated 42.5 million Americans participated in hunting and fishing activities with 30 million Americans participating in fishing and 12.5 million Americans in hunting. 

“As we head into the waterfowl opener this weekend, it’s clear that the economic and social impact of hunting and fishing throughout the Upper Midwest region is really tremendous. Most Members of Congress don’t know too much about hunting because they don’t do it themselves,” Peterson said. “We want Members to hear about the positive economic impact that hunters have on rural areas and the importance of the conservation efforts that they support.”

Sportsmen and women play an integral role in keeping our economy strong, especially in rural areas. A previous report released by Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, http://www.sportsmenslink.org/Sportman/, finds that economic impact of hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreation activities steer $250 billion annually to American businesses, supporting 1.6 million jobs. 

Over the last century, hunters and fishermen were the first and most vocal groups to champion conservation measures, and to this day they are among the strongest advocates for land and water management. President Theodore Roosevelt, an avid sportsman, understood the need to protect and conserve our natural resources. 

Today, hunters and fishermen not only stand for natural resource protection, but contribute financially to the American economy, specifically our rural communities. The growth of sportsmen tourism has provided an important source of revenue for rural America, and supporting the preservation of rural communities in the United States. 

“This new Congress has been very supportive of hunting and fishing and I will continue working to see that this continues and that the various contributions my fellow sportsmen and sportswomen make to our state and our nation continue to be recognized,” Peterson said.

The bills that were passed by the House on Monday are:

H. Res. 634 – A bill encouraging participation in hunting and fishing, and supporting the goals and ideals of National Hunting and Fishing Day and the efforts of hunters and fishermen toward the scientific management of wildlife and conservation of the natural environment.

H. Con. Res. 193 – A bill recognizing all hunters across the United States for their continued commitment to safety.

H. Res. 79 – A bill recognizing the establishment of Hunters for the Hungry programs across the United States and the contributions of those programs efforts to decrease hunger and help feed those in need.

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