The group is made up of sporting organizations, hotels and retailers. Along with the local Chambers of Commerce and the Convention and Visitors' Bureaus, Hunting Works partners will be active in the state educating the public and elected officials about why hunting is important to the economy. Katie Knutson with the Mitchell Convention and Visitors Bureau says her community benefits from hunters in the form of jobs and revenue from hunter spending.
"We see thousands of hunters coming through, grabbing their equipment. It's supposed to be a beautiful weekend that weekend and they'll have their dogs. We just want to welcome them, not only to Mitchell, but to the state and thank them for keeping the tradition alive," Knutson said.
Hunters spend over $300 million a year on trips and $115 million a year on equipment in South Dakota. Hunting Works for South Dakota features 50 partner organizations.
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Local and regional leaders are coming together to kick off a new organization called "Hunting Works For South Dakota."