Oklahoma’s Hunters and Anglers Spend $1 Billion a Year

Oklahoma’s 602,000 hunters and anglers spend more than $1 billion per year on hunting and fishing, according to a new report.
The report, “Hunting and Fishing: Bright Stars of the American Economy – A force as big as all outdoors,” not surprisingly produced by the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation with support from the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, National Marine Manufacturers Association, National Shooting Sports Foundation and SCI — First For Hunters, spotlights the impact hunters and anglers have on the economy at the national and state level.
The report uses the results from the 2006 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and statistics provided by the American Sportfishing Association and Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.
In Oklahoma, spending by hunters and anglers directly supports 20,000 jobs, which puts $534 million worth of paychecks into pockets of working residents around the state, the report said.
Of course, government coffers also benefit. Spending by outdoor sportsmen generates $108 million in state and local taxes.
“Because sportsmen enjoy hunting or fishing alone or in small groups, they are overlooked as a constituency and as a substantial economic force,” said Jeff Crane, president of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation. “When you compare spending by hunters and anglers to other sectors, their impact on the state’s economy becomes more tangible.”
Other figures from the report:
Sportsmen support more jobs in Oklahoma than Baptist Medical Center, St. Francis Health System and St. John Medical System combined, providing 20,000 jobs versus 19,500.
Annual spending by Oklahoma sportsmen equals the combined revenues of Continental Resources, SandRidge Energy and Diamondback Energy Services, three of the fastest growing energy companies in the state.
Oklahoma sportsmen annually spend more than the combined cash receipts for hogs and wheat, two of the state’s top agricultural commodities at $1 billion versus $950 million.
The economic stimulus of hunting and fishing equates to an astounding $2.8 million per day.
If all hunters and anglers living in Oklahoma voted, they would have equaled 63 percent of all votes cast in the state.
“It is a fairly simple equation – hunters and anglers mean jobs in states and local communities that have made the effort to maintain their hunting and fishing opportunities,” Crane said. “The economic impacts that sportsmen have on state economies should be a wake-up call to state governments to welcome and encourage hunting and fishing in their state.”

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