The economic impact that fishing and hunting has in Minnesota is easily seen in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2006 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-associated report. This report states that in 2006, a total of 1.28 million resident sportsmen in Minnesota spent $9.5 million a day for an annual total of $3.4 billion. This amount of money definitely has an economic impact on the state of Minnesota as well as an impact on many lives.
The 1.28 million resident sportsmen in Minnesota were responsible for adding $1.6 billion in salaries and wages. They also added $430 million in federal taxes as well as $415 million in state and local taxes. The money spent by these sportsmen in Minnesota also adds a ripple effect in the Minnesota economy of $5.8 billion.
How do Minnesota sportsmen rank amongst those of other states in relationship to the economic impact that they create? There were 1.28 million resident sportsmen in the state of Minnesota and this puts Minnesota 7th in the nation for total resident sportsmen. This total number of resident sportsmen can further be broken down into resident anglers of which there were 1.1 million and resident hunters, of which there were 508,000. These totals put Minnesota in 5th in the nation for resident anglers and 6th in the nation for resident hunters. The sportsmen who were both hunters and anglers were not counted twice in the total number of sportsmen for the state. There were also 319,000 non-resident anglers, which ranks Minnesota 4th in the nation and 26,000 non-resident hunters, which ranks Minnesota at 32nd in the nation.
How does the $3.4 billion spent by sportsmen in Minnesota break down? In 2006, fishing in Minnesota brought in $2.8 billion and placed Minnesota 3rd in the nation. Hunting during this year in Minnesota brought in $637 million and placed Minnesota 12th in the nation. The combination of money spent by both anglers and hunters placed Minnesota 5th in the nation.
Not only does spending done by the sportsmen in Minnesota add to the economy of the state, these sportsmen and their sports add jobs throughout the state. There were 55,000 jobs related to hunting and fishing in 2006, with 43,000 being fishing related jobs and 12,000 being hunting related jobs. This total of jobs related to hunting and fishing put Minnesota 4th in the nation, with fishing placing Minnesota 3rd in the nation and hunting placing Minnesota 13th in the nation.
These figures and rankings, which accumulated from sportsmen in Minnesota spending a total of 6.3 million days afield, which puts Minnesota 11th in the nation and 22.3 million days on the water, which puts Minnesota 4th in the nation, clearly shows the economic impact that fishing and hunting have in Minnesota.