NSSF Report: Hunter Participation Increases, Boosts Economy

The National Shooting Sports Foundation released a report yesterday detailing just how heavily hunting impacts the economy. The report, which collected data through 2011, unveiled some interesting facts: There's been a 9 percent increase in hunter participation from 2006 to 2011 but overall hunting-related expenditures have grown by 55 percent.

The expenditure data for the report were obtained from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, conducted every five years with help from the U.S. Census Bureau. Hunters' expenditures were then analyzed with the IMPLAN economic model to develop estimates of jobs, tax revenues, and other economic measures, according to the NSSF.

"The major growth in spending by hunters is good news for businesses throughout the country, particularly small businesses in rural areas," said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti.

More stats from the report...

- 13.7 million hunters in the country

- $38.3 Billion in total expenditures by hunters

- $26.4 billion raised in salaries and wages

- $5.4 billion raised in state and local taxes

- $6.4 billion raised in federal taxes

- 680,000 jobs created or supported by the hunting industry

- Hunting expenditures have grown by 55 percent from 2006 to 2011

- Texas has highest number of resident hunters with just over 1 million

- South Dakota had the highest number of non-resident hunters with about 143,000