Report: Anglers, Hunters Add $3.2B to MN Economy

The new report also found that the hunting and fishing industries support about 48,000 Minnesota jobs.

Minnesota’s great outdoors offer more than beautiful scenery—they also make a significant economic impact on the state by attracting anglers and hunters.

In fact, resident and nonresident anglers spent $2.4 billion in Minnesota in 2011, the latest year for which information is available, according to recently released data from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. That figure included $1.4 billion on equipment, $925 million on trip-related expenses, and $41 million on related items such as magazines and fishing-organization membership dues.

Fishing is also a significant source of employment: Spending by anglers supports about 35,000 Minnesota jobs, according to the study.

“Only three states had higher angling expenditures,” C.B. Bylander, outreach chief for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' fish and wildlife division, said in a statement. “Two were Florida and New York, which are high-population coastal states. The other was Michigan, which has nearly twice Minnesota’s population and abuts four Great Lakes.”

The report found that angler spending has declined by $315 million since 2006, when the last survey was conducted. Overall participation, however, remains high. In fact, Minnesota ranks second in the nation for angling participation, the DNR said; the state has about 1.5 million licensed anglers, and 32 percent of residents age 16 or older have a fishing license. (Only Alaska has a higher rate, at 40 percent.)

Meanwhile, the report found that direct spending by Minnesota hunters totaled $725 million in 2011, of which $400 million was for equipment, $235 million for trip-related expenses, and $90 million for magazines, land-leasing, and other expenses. The average hunter spent $1,412, up from $889 in 2006.

Together, hunting and fishing expenditures support 48,000 Minnesota jobs, according to the report.

To view the complete U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report, click here.

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