The economic impact that fishing and hunting has in South Dakota 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 136,000 resident sportsmen in South Dakota spent $958,000 a day for an annual total of $350 million. This amount of money definitely has an economic impact on the state of South Dakota as well as an impact on many lives.
The 136,000 resident sportsmen in South Dakota were responsible for adding $138 million in salaries and wages. They also added $35 million in federal taxes as well as $35 million in state and local taxes. The money spent by these sportsmen in South Dakota also adds a ripple effect in the South Dakota economy of $498 million.
How do South Dakota sportsmen rank amongst those of other states in relationship to the economic impact that they create? There were 136,000 resident sportsmen in the state of South Dakota and this puts South Dakota 45th 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 89,000 and resident hunters, of which there were 89,000. These totals put South Dakota in 46th in the nation for resident anglers and 37th 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 45,000 non-resident anglers, which ranks South Dakota 46th in the nation and 81,000 non-resident hunters, which put South Dakota 7th in the nation.
How does the $350 million spent by sportsmen in South Dakota break down? In 2006, fishing in South Dakota brought in $153 million and placed South Dakota 46th in the nation. Hunting during this year in South Dakota brought in $196 million and placed South Dakota 37th in the nation. The combination of money spent by both anglers and hunters placed South Dakota 43rd in the nation.
Not only does spending done by the sportsmen in South Dakota add to the economy of the state, these sportsmen and their sports add jobs throughout the state. There were 6,000 jobs related to hunting and fishing in 2006, with 1800 being fishing related jobs and 4,500 being hunting related jobs. This total of jobs related to hunting and fishing put South Dakota 42nd in the nation, with fishing placing South Dakota 47th in the nation and hunting placing South Dakota 36th in the nation.
These figures and rankings, which accumulated from sportsmen in South Dakota spending a total of 1.1 million days afield, which puts South Dakota 37th in the nation and 1.4 million days on the water, which puts South Dakota 44th in the nation, clearly shows the economic impact that fishing and hunting have in South Dakota.