Economic Impact Of Hunting Tops $87 Billion

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of hunters in the United States grew by nine percent, while their spending on hunting-related products and services grew by more than 30 percent, according to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Sales of hunting equipment and the number of hunters continues to rise, according to statistics.

Sales of hunting equipment and the number of hunters continues to rise, according to statistics.

However, the total economic impact of the activity may go much further.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, in conjunction with the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, recently released the report, “Hunting In America: An Economic Force for Conservation,” which offers a unique glimpse into the real economic impact that hunting has on states and communities across the country.

Citing data compiled and analyzed by Southwick Associates, the report details not only the overall economic reach of hunters, but also breaks numbers down by types of expenditures, and types of hunting  including hunting for deer, migratory birds or upland birds. The report also examines hunter numbers by state, as well as participants’ unwavering support for conservation.

Hunting Quick Facts
— 13.7 million hunters
— $38.3 billion in total expenditures
— $86.9 billion in overall economic output
— $26.4 billion in salaries and wages generated
— 680,937 jobs supported
— $5.4 billion in state and local taxes generated
— $6.4 billion in federal taxes
— More than $1.6 billion annually in dedicated wildlife conservation funding

View more facts and figures, as well as the full report.

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