Ka-ching! Minnesotans spend big to hunt and fish

Report states that hunting and fishing support 55,000 jobs in
Minnesota

Washington – Minnesota hunters and anglers ranked fourth
nationally in jobs supported, and fifth in spending in 2006,
according to a national report released last month.

According to the report, released by the Congressional
Sportsmen’s Foundation, hunter and angler spending in Minnesota
supports about 55,0000 jobs. Further, state sportsmen spend about
$3.4 billion annually, putting the state at No. 5 on the national
list. (Texas tops the list, with $6.6 billion in spending.)

On a national level, 34 million sportsmen age 16 and older spent
more than $76 billion in 2006, supporting 1.6 million jobs, the
report said.

“Spending by sportsmen benefits not only the manufacturers of
hunting- and fishing-related products, but everything from local
mom-and-pop businesses to wildlife conservation,” Doug Painter,
president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a partner in
the project, said in a press release.

The report, entitled “Hunting and Fishing: Bright Stars of the
American Economy – a force as big as all outdoors” uses results
from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2006 “National Survey of
Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation,” along with
statistics provided by the American Sportfishing Association and
Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

Participation rates of hunters and anglers, and their spending
amounts, were provided via the USFWS survey, according to Melinda
Gable, vice president of the CSF. Southwick and Associates
calculated that impact on tax generation and
hunter/angler-supported jobs.

Southwick, of Florida, specializes in economic and business
statistics related to fish and wildlife.

Gable said national information regarding sportsmen spending was
reported in September; state rankings were released last month.

According to the CSF’s Minnesota-specific report, “spending by
hunters and anglers directly supports 55,000 jobs, which puts $1.6
billion worth of paychecks into pockets of working residents around
the state.”

In doing so, hunters and anglers contribute $415 million in
state tax revenue, and another $430 million in federal tax revenue.
Those numbers rank the state fourth in both categories.

By comparison, according to the report:

€ Sportsmen support as many jobs in Minnesota as the University
of Minnesota, Hormel Foods, and 3M Corp. combined;

€ Annual spending by Minnesota sportsmen is more than the case
receipts from corn and dairy products – the state’s No. 1 and No. 4
agricultural commodities;

€ More Minnesota residents hunt and fish than attend Minnesota
Vikings and Minnesota Timberwolves games, and;

€ Minnesota sportsmen outnumber the populations of the state’s
10 largest cities.

Minnesota ranks seventh nationally in the number of resident
sportsmen (1.28 million), sixth in the number of resident hunters
(508,000), 12th in hunting spending ($637 million), and fourth in
“days on the water” (22.3 million).

The state also ranks fourth in the number of out-of-state
anglers (319,000).

Though not surprised by the economic impacts of hunting and
fishing, Gable said the states to which people travel to hunt or
fish provided some intrigue.

“The destination states surprised me,” she said, pointing out
that the No. 1 out-of-state destination for hunting was Georgia,
and the No. 2 outstate destination for fishing was North
Carolina.

Florida was the top-ranked fishing destination; Colorado ranked
second for out-of-state hunters.

Minnesota ranked 32nd for out-of-state hunters (26,000).

Overall, Texas topped most lists: total hunters and anglers (2.6
million); money spent ($6.6 billion); jobs supported (106,000); and
tax revenue generated ($1.3 billion). Florida was No. 2
overall.

“It’s a fairly simple equation: Hunters and anglers mean jobs in
states and local communities that have made the effort to maintain
their hunting and fishing opportunities,” Jeff Crane, president of
the CSF, said in the press release.

Also contributing to the report were Safari Club International,
the National Marine Manufacturers Association, and the Alliance of
Automobile Manufacturers.

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