People who enjoy the outdoors for activities such as fishing and hunting, are providing a huge boost to Georgia's economy to the tune of more than $5.5 billion. That's according to a Georgia state report, part of the 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation.
The report finds the number of Georgia wildlife watchers increased by more than 400,000 since the previous survey in 2006, and reflected a huge jump in days of active participation, from two days to 30. Average hunter expenditures increased by $1,000 per participant with the average number of days spent hunting up 35 percent. While the number of anglers did not increase, the economic effect of what anglers spent increased by more than $200 million.
"This is a ‘must read' for anyone who hunts, fishes or watches wildlife, as well as news reporters, economists and elected officials," said Cindy Dohner, Southeast regional director of the Fish and Wildlife Service. "It is filled with valuable facts that show the economic impact of hunting and fishing and wildlife viewing."
The report is available at www.fws.gov/southeast/georgia/economicimpact-ga.html .
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