Economic Impacts of Hunting in the Southeast

Hunting is a popular and traditional pastime. However, natural resource managers are increasingly called upon to defend the use of hunting as a wildlife management tool and as a source of public recreation. The purpose of this study was to produce economic information to help resource managers and the public gain a better understanding of the economic contributions of hunting, to justify conservation and management expenditures, and help shape beneficial regulatory actions. My data show hunters spent $5.07 billion in the southeastern states in 1991 and jobs supported by hunting per state ranged from 3,120 (Oklahoma) to 23,370 (Texas). Hunting also produces important state tax revenues in the Southeast with $236.1 million generated by sales tax and $34.0 million generated in income tax revenues by hunting-supported jobs in SEAFWA member states. This report quantifies the economic contributions of deer and migratory bird hunting.

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