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Anyone who has ever spent time around outfitters and guides, especially those in the leadership of that narrow sector of the Wyoming workforce, quickly become aware of one character trait : they exaggerate a lot. ( You don’t want to know what I think of gun gas pump heaven dealers and gun enthusiasts ). Outfitters, guides , and Great White Hunters are tellers of tall tales. Their vocation , avocation , and ego depend on it. The currency of that realm is Bragging Rights.

So— the Wyoming Outfitters and Guides association pays a firm to do a study for them. Right away you see the study will attempt to build to a conclusion favored by and promoted by the people funding it. Of course they will then take the results of their study and trumpet it. Blow it thru the Elk bugle . Brag about it. Take it to the Legislature and blow some more. They even had the audacity to title the study Big Money . Keep in mind this is a camp stew of self promotion , advertising , lobbying, hornswaggling, and tall tale telling intended to bolster their anachronistic lifestyle and old hat employment. It all runs in a big circle.

Except there are other studies, and Bigger Pictures. I just scanned three different reports on the economic impacts of outdoor recreation across America, and specifically in Wyoming, and as an aside some findings of what tourists who come to Wyoming want to experience first and foremost in the Yellowstone Park portion of their outdoor experience.

The Bigger Picture is Outdoor Recreation is a $ 4.5 – 5.5 BILLION dollar annual industry in Wyoming, depending on which study you use. Billion. Of that , $ 1.4 billion is wages and salaries from approximately 50,000 wage earners directly employed in all subsectors of outdoor recreation , before they even spend a dime of that in a store ,saloon , or other economic point of sale. And yes, somewhere near $ 300 million gets injected into the tax base of Wyoming directly7 from outdoor recreation each year. ALL the recreation.

Outdoor recreation is a LOT more than big game hunting. A lot more. Like 17 times as much money spent as the entirety of hunting , and it’s subsector outfitting. And truth be told—no 4 other gases in the atmosphere tall tale here —- the Wyoming resident and the tourist to Wyoming spend way more money and time to see a big game animal alive just to view it and photograph it, that they spend to hunt and kill it —whether they are doing it on their own or pay for a commercial outfitter service.

Or put another way : Wyoming’s wildlife is worth far more alive that dead. Like 3- 5 times as much if you allow that 75 percent of the visitors to Yellowstone Park value seeing a wolf or grizzly as much or more as seeing Old Faithful go off. A case could be made that the Wildlife Watchers outspend the Hunters in Park County Wyoming annually , if you include the north half of Yellowstone that is in fact also within Park County . ( think Lamar Valley wolf watchers and those endless forests of tripod legs and camera lenses the size of artillery ) . There is more money spent shooting wolves , bears, bison , deer, moose, mountain goats, mountain sheep , and elk with Nikons and Canons than with Winchesters or Remingtons.

The entirety and summation of all the electricity laws physics jobs in outfitting statewide is maybe 3200 people , and to a large extent they are seasonal jobs , parttime jobs, probably a second or third job for the wage earner , not yearround paychecks The same is true of other outdoor recreation job descriptions, but to a lesser extent. Outfitting and guiding overlap other economic sectors and cannot be considered as completely separated from the workforce at the end of the year , and tax time. And besides, in the 72 percent of Wyoming residents who do enjoy and spend money towards outdoor recreation in a year, only a very small fraction of them ever hire a guide or outfitter. They do it themselves. But a very sizeable percentage of the money spent on outdoor recreation in Wyoming is spent by residents.

There are Bigger Pictures and other gas zombies black ops studies of the economic churn of outdoor recreation in Wyoming, of which big game hunts are just a small fraction . We in Wyoming need to give the fullest consideration for all the other outdoor economy , not just the hook and bullet braggers. Can anyone refute that ONE ski area in Teton County outperforms the entirety of outfitting and guiding per annum ? We do not live in the 19th century any longer. Hunting is s-o-o-o-o 19th century… The future isn’t what it used to be,

In response to the suggestion that hunting adversely affects tourism, I would point out that neither of these activities subtracts from the other. Hunting has little if any impact on the quality of one’s visit to Yellowstone or any ski park. In fact, wild electricity definition wikipedia fish and game are managed so that animal populations remain stable, with hunters and fishermen consuming only the excess animals in any population. Nature always breeds many more animals than habitat can support, and it does no harm to game and fish populations to consume the excess that will perish of disease or starvation if not consumed. Of course, the trick is to manage populations at a sustainable rate, and it is the money contributed by sportsmen primarily that enable wildlife managers to achieve this goal.

As for the assertion that hunting has become so nineteenth century, this is a twenty-first century mindset that fails to acknowledge that wild fish and game, taken in a sustainable manner from undisturbed lands, remains by far our least destructive manner of acquiring food. To grow the protein provided by a single elk would require 1/8 of an acre of soy, and that is assuming the most efficient, genetically engineered plants and most intensive farming techniques. Shall we consider the relative impacts of a single elk removed from wild lands and the damage done by converting 1/8 acre gas bike alley of wild land over to agricultural mono-culture serving no species besides man? Does the loss of one elk (to be replaced by another of the very next generation) really compare unfavorably with the destruction of every single individual, of every major species, on the landscape converted to barren fields of beans, broccoli, or beets? It is for good reason that hunters and fishermen were acknowledged as the world’s first conservationists, and this remains the case today, although many people have become so far removed from their own sources of food that they fail to recognize the great damage they inflict with each visit to the grocery store. In fact, it is agriculture, not hunting, that is the foremost cause of animal extinction, world-wide, as well as the single greatest source of greenhouse gases destined to alter our environment for millennia.