You know Pennsylvania, ranks high for hunting and fishing

Jeff MulhollemState-specific information from two national reports released at the Shot Show in January on the economic impact of hunting and fishing recently became available. You may find the statistics for Pennsylvania interesting.

Pennsylvania was not rated as highly as I expected for hunting and fishing activity, according to "Hunting in America: An Economic Force for Conservation," sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, and "America's Sporting Heritage, Fueling the American Economy," sponsored by the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation.

The reports stated that in Pennsylvania, 1,424,000 hunters and anglers spent $1.5 billion in 2011. Those sportsmen, both residents and nonresidents, almost equal the population of the city of Philadelphia (1.42 million vs. 1.5 million).

According to the reports, there are more resident sportsmen and women in Pennsylvania then the combined total home attendance for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011 (1.28 million vs.1.06 million).

Sportsmen and women spent $1.5 billion on hunting and fishing in Pennsylvania in 2011 – that is more than the combined receipts for corn and cattle, the state's second and third agricultural commodities that year ($1.5 billion vs. $1.23 billion). The report claims that hunters and anglers support roughly the same number of jobs in Pennsylvania as Penn State University, the third largest employer in the state (24,797 vs. 25,000).

Spending by sportsmen and women in Pennsylvania generated $181 million in state and local taxes in 2011, the reports stated. That's enough to support the average salaries of 3,238 police and sheriff's patrol officers.

The estimated 1.1 million anglers and 775,000 hunters in Pennsylvania in 2011 (both residents and nonresidents) spent $1.5 billion, according to the reports, and supported 24,797 jobs in the state.

The Keystone State ranks 10th in hunting and fishing participation, 23rd in the amount of money they spend, 20th in the number of jobs hunting and fishing supports, 19th in the amounts of wages earned by those in hunting- and fishing-related jobs, and 14th in the amount of taxes paid as a result of hunting and fishing activity.

I was surprised Pennsylvania didn’t rank higher.

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