Sportsmen inflate state economy
By Tom Wiest | (email@example.com)
Tennessee’s sportsmen, nearly one million men and women strong, are having a dramatic effect on the state’s economy. In 2012 approximately 375,000 hunters and 826,000 anglers – one in seven Tennesseans – spent more than $1.8 billion in the state. That “pebble” in the economic pool generated a ripple effect of nearly $3 billion statewide.
Sportsmen’s spending last year supported 26,000 jobs across the state, $971 million in salaries and wages and $167 million in local and state tax revenue. This data is part of the recently released Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation study entitled, “America’s Sporting Heritage: Fueling the American Economy.” The entire study, including details on the other states, can be seen at the Tennessee Wildlife Federation website http://www.tnwf.org .
• The inventor of the modern inline muzzleloading rifle has died. William Anthony “Tony” Knight, 67, of Plano, Iowa died on March 18. He was a veteran of the United States Army and served during the Vietnam War.
In 1985 Knight designed, patented and began manufacturing the famous Knight Rifle, revolutionizing black powder hunting and capturing the majority share of the market for more than a decade. Knight rifles are now manufactured by Modern Muzzleloading, Inc. in Athens.
• Shooters, check out this new product: The “Bullseye Camera System” will revolutionize target shooting, no matter how far the target. The Bullseye Camera is a wireless target camera that is placed two to eight feet away from the target and wirelessly transmits back to your shooting location where you can view each and every shot as it happens, directly on your laptop. Your latest hit will be flashing on the screen for easy identification, no matter how many times you have shot.
The unit takes about one minute to set up and requires little technological expertise to operate. The included Bullseye Target Manager software allows you to view and track every shot, create profiles for different shooters, mark shots with different colors for easy shooter and grouping identification, and store information about the firearm, ammunition, sight, weather conditions and other factors.
The system works with rifles, pistols, airsoft and even archery. No special targets are required. There are two versions of cameras, the 500-yard Standard Edition for $449 and the 1000-yard-plus Long Range Edition for $549. Contact Bullseye Camera Systems at (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone 541-357-7035.
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