Hunting Season Pumps Money into Minnesota Economy

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Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources estimates there will be nearly half a million hunters in the field this hunting season. The deer rifle season lasts 14 days, but is big business for the state. DNR claims hunting season brings in $458 million into the state's economy. With more than half of that amount being spent in retail sales it is a positive boom for the economy.

With a population of a million deer in the state, DNR is estimating 200,000 deer will be harvested. From


hunter25's picture

Like the others have said,

Like the others have said, hunting pumps tons of money into every states economy. Here in Colorado it's and extreme amount. If I remember correctly we have the highest amount of money by far generated just from the purchases of the licenses themselves not to mention everything else that goes into hunting in the mountains. Minnesota would be an intersting state to go and hunt so I wouldn't mind giving them some of my money if I got a good chance. A million deer is a lot and 200,000 hunters isn't terrible in comparison. Many other states with good hunting are far more out of balance than that. I don't know anyone that lives up there though so I guess it will have to waut a while. But my own state or some other will still get thier share of my money every year.

COMeatHunter's picture

And the best part of this

And the best part of this news tidbit--Minnesota is not alone, every state makes significant economic gains from hunting and fishing revenues.  In Colorado, hunting and fishing generate well over $1 billion annually (I think the latest stats I saw put the revenues at $1.6B), barely second place to skiing related tourism.  Hunting and fishing are big business.  I've never seen numbers representing all US hunting and fishing related revenues.  Now that's got to be a HUGE number.

There isn't an anti-hunting activist that can even begin to think of new ways to generate revenues to replace those lost from fishing and hunting activities.  In fact, this is probably the main reason hunters don't suffer further losses in rights and priviledges to the anti lobbying efforts.  Anti-hunting/fishing laws will make significant economic impacts on the states, from the local small towns and counties to the larger cities and corporations.  And without reasonable ways to replace the lost revenues there isn't a politician in office (especially those thinking about re-election or continuing thier careers in other elected capacities) that would shut down big parts of the economy.

With that said, hunters and fisherman should encourage their clubs, groups, and even their state DOW to make sure these kinds of numbers are published regularly with press releases to garner some additional attention.  We need to be sure the general public is educated on the economic contributions our sport makes and how significant that is to everyone.

Ca_Vermonster's picture

Well, there is no surprise

Well, there is no surprise there.  As with Minnesota, or with every state across this nation, hunting brings in Billions of dollars in revenue when it comes down to it.  Hunters are some of the most generous people out there, plus we are not afraid to spend more money on our sport.  If you try to tell some of these animal rights people what you actually contribute to society, and nature, they will just shout you down.  However, show them the stats of what we, as hunters (add fishing to that) give back, and they will be singing a different tune.

Thanks for the link to the article.  Always great to have more statistics to back me up in any "discussions" that I may get into.... Wink

Retired2hunt's picture

  Great for Minnesota!  Every


Great for Minnesota!  Every state needs to publicly provide the dollars generated each year so to show how much hunting and fishing affects the state's economy.  This is a very strong argument on why we need the best wildlife programs possible (that include hunting and fishing seasons for all wildlife/fish that through the management obtain populations that allow for) and not allow the animal rights activists to dictate the management - or non-management of the state's wildlife resources.