The economic impact that fishing and hunting has in Nevada 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 182,000 resident sportsmen in Nevada spent $1.1 million a day for an annual total of $417 million. This amount of money definitely has an economic impact on the state of Nevada as well as an impact on many lives.
The 182,000 resident sportsmen in Nevada were responsible for adding $176 million in salaries and wages. They also added $41 million in federal taxes as well as $32 million in state and local taxes. The money spent by these sportsmen in Nevada also adds a ripple effect in the Nevada economy of $627 million.
How do Nevada sportsmen rank amongst those of other states in relationship to the economic impact that they create? There were 182,000 resident sportsmen in the state of Nevada and this puts Nevada 41st 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 114,000 and resident hunters, of which there were 54,000. These totals put Nevada in 42nd in the nation for resident anglers and 43rd 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 27,000 non-resident anglers, which ranks Nevada 49th in the nation.
How does the $417 million spent by sportsmen in Nevada break down? In 2006, fishing in Nevada brought in $272 million and placed Nevada 41st in the nation. Hunting during this year in Nevada brought in $272 million and placed Nevada 42nd in the nation. The combination of money spent by both anglers and hunters placed Nevada 42nd in the nation.
Not only does spending done by the sportsmen in Nevada add to the economy of the state, these sportsmen and their sports add jobs throughout the state. There were 5000 jobs related to hunting and fishing in 2006, with 3050 being fishing related jobs and 1900 being hunting related jobs. This total of jobs related to hunting and fishing put Nevada 44th in the nation, with fishing placing Nevada 43rd in the nation and hunting placing Nevada 44th in the nation.
These figures and rankings, which accumulated from sportsmen in Nevada spending a total of 578,000 days afield, which puts Nevada 46th in the nation and 1.4 million days on the water, which puts Nevada 43rd in the nation, clearly shows the economic impact that fishing and hunting have in Nevada.