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Hunting, Fishing Inject More Than $1 Billion into Md.'s Economy

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CAMBRIDGE, Md.– Hunting and fishing are a way of life for many people in Maryland. And according to the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation, in 2011 more than 400,000 people in the state participated in these outdoor activities.

Data shows that Maryland's outdoorsmen and women spent $815 million, with a ripple effect of $1.25 billion in the state.

"It is really popular," said Clay Bramble of Cambridge. "Probably not too many of my friends don't hunt, to be honest with you. Living in an area like this, you can't help but do that.

Russ Hudson, who owns Chesapeake Sport Classics in Cambridge, said his customers have a passion for the outdoors and it is because of them that he can put food on the table.  

"I wouldn't be here without them and everybody dreams of having their own business," Hudson said. "These repeat customers come back time after time and every weekend you're seeing repeat customers."

Hudson said with the economy still hurting people's wallets, fewer families are taking expensive vacations and therefore are seeking out alternatives.

"Money is tight for a lot of folks and to take big vacations, it's just not in the budget, so people can go camping and fishing," he said. "It's very affordable to have a nice time with their family and it's well within their budget."

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