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This isn't anything new. Hunters and fisherman have always paid most of the bill when it comes to habitat, environment, and conservation. Sportsman pay a heck of a lot more for these causes through licenses and taxes on equipment than any of those adreanalin junkies do through their purchases from The North Face, Patagonia, or Black Diamond. I don't think REI's contributions come anywhere near the amount of money generated through sportsman. Add into the mix all the pro hunting conservation organizations.

What does Patagonia claim? 1% of total profits for the environment. What a joke Laugh That's nothing compared to what we pay. It's time they step up to the plate. And they say they are committed to the core Laugh Sounds to me like they are using this whole environmental stuff as a marketing ploy to appeal to and generate more leftwing customers.

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WesternHunter wrote:
This isn't anything new. Hunters and fisherman have always paid most of the bill when it comes to habitat, environment, and conservation. Sportsman pay a heck of a lot more for these causes through licenses and taxes on equipment than any of those adreanalin junkies do through their purchases from The North Face, Patagonia, or Black Diamond. I don't think REI's contributions come anywhere near the amount of money generated through sportsman. Add into the mix all the pro hunting conservation organizations.

While that may have been true in the past, I am afraid that we as sportsmen are being outspent by the general public as well as the granola crowd.
Most projects nowdays are paid for with money from General funds that collect money from both hunters and non-hunters.
We buy licenses, they buy hiking passes.

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Sure I suppose anyone buying outdoor gear pays a certain tax that goes to habitat and environmental causes. But, hiking passes? I'm sure they exist, but in limited areas. Hiked most of my life as many people in my state do and have never been on a trail that required a hiking pass. I'm sure that all those enterance fees to parks and wilderness areas get uses for something. I've done a bit of technical rock climbing, ice climbing, and back country skiing in my college years, so I can attest that much of that gear is just as costly as the hunting and shooting gear we buy.

I just think it's comical how many of those companies who market to the climbing crowd use the environment as a way to appeal to their segment of customers. I think the amounts that Marrmot, Patagonia, and The North Face spend towards the environment is nothing compared to what hunters and anglers and the gear makers spend on habitat, conservation, and environment.

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This is one of those inconvenient truths that never seems to make it into the media. We're not supposed to be responsible people -- we're all supposed to be a bunch of ignorant rednecks that want to shoot everything in sight. So Pittman-Robertson is never discussed.

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I should have added more then just the hiking passes. But many states have them or access fees/passes/licenses for bird watching and photography.

Believe me, I am not trying to help them out as I am a hunter through and through, but we have to be honest and look at facts. We can't pretend that we are doing something when we may not be.

I know in WA our license fees don't even come close to paying salaries, let alone purchase land and maintain it. Hunters are on the decline across the country and I am sure most states use general funds (not just license/tag fees) in one way or another.

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