By Louie Stout

Did you know that if fishing, hunting and shooting sports were combined as a corporation, it would rank 25th on the Fortune 500 listing – ahead of Microsoft.

That’s what Rob Southwick, president of market research firm Southwick Associates, said after analyzing statistical data from the American Sportfishing Association, National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation.

Expenditures in 2016 (the latest of such in-depth national surveys) for hunting, target shooting and fishing gear supported 1.6 million U.S. jobs, provided $72 billion in salaries and wages and generated nearly $20 billion in local, state and federal taxes.