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Economic Impact by Hunters


Here is some great information that shows just how much hunters help out our communities, states, and country.  I would like to see the number on how much animal rights/anti hunting group put back.  Wish this information could get out to everyone in this country.  Maybe it would help to change some peoples view on hunting. 

Economic Impact by Hunters

- Total economic impact by hunters in the country: $87 Billion

- Total Jobs Created: 681,000

- 55% increase since 2005.

- Total economic impact by hunters in Oregon: $900 Million



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Economic impact

[quote=Blacktail Slayer]I would like to see the number on how much animal rights/anti hunting group put back. [quote]

Good info Blacktail

I would like to see how much animal rights/anti hunting group put back compared to how much goes into the bank accounts of their CEOs and executives.

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Thanks for sharing a great

Thanks for sharing a great resource!  I've never seen such a collection of data all in one place (admittedly, I haven't looked very hard for it either).  

Talk about economic impact, that is a bunch of dollars.  I had no idea South Dakota has so much revenue from hunting activites.  And California too, you would think California would be doing more to promote their hunting activities--you'd think they could grow that revenue significantly if they did.

Personally, I don't really care how much the anti's put back into our public lands and economies.  They have no real strategies for responsible management and conservation of our wildlife, let alone viable economic impacts.  The day I drive through a small town and see banners hanging from local businesses reading "Welcome Anti-Hunters" I might change my mind on how much economic impact they really have.

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The impact is huge.   Good to

The impact is huge.   Good to know that others realize that.

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Nine hundred million dollars

Nine hundred million dollars is a lot of money. Do you have any idea where they got the number's? I keep hearing over here how we should be grateful for hunter's and fishermen coming into our area. Other than the store, no longer open, they don't spend a dime around here. When the store was open, few, very few stopped. So it benifited the people running the store but not much. The rest of the people in the area had no benifit from it at all. One couple that ran the store several years ago decided to put in things that traveler's might need. They had to eat almost all of it. They forund out the hard way, most people coming over the fish and hunt get everything they need before they leave home.

You report  that we've created 681,000 jobs. Do you have an idea what kind of jobs they are? Seem'e to me most figure's are inflated to suit the person doing them. An example would be some of the number's I read about the number of deer a cougar take's. I've heard they kill one a doy to one a week and variation's inbetween the two. If it's true how many deer they take, how much coyote's take, road kill and poaching, we'd have to import deer just to feed the preditor's! That we do more to support the sport than the anti's, I have no doubt that is true.

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Don, The article says that


The article says that most of the numbers come through survey.  The tax and fee numbers are probably directly from the State and Federal agencies collecting those dollars.  The $87 Billion is including the Money Multiplier Effect, but it is based on $38 Billion in direct spending.  A factor of 2.3 for the Money Multiplier Effect really isn't that large.  Our Federal Government will use larger Money Multiplier Factors depending on the economy being discussed, relevant timeframe, and, as you mentioned, agenda of the agency publishing the information.  As a general habit, I discount any economic impact numbers that use the Money Multiplier Effect, including jobs created using this calculation.  

However, there are many very impressive, well-documented numbers within the article.  The $1.6B annually in hunting licenses, excise tax, and direct conservation donations is impressive in itself, and rather concrete in nature.  

At the end of the day, the moral of this story is that there is no other group of people that contributes even close to as much money to wildlife conservation as hunters!

Slayer - Thanks for sharing!