Hunters, fishers generate more revenue than Broncos, Nuggets

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State Total Spending Rank
Texas $6.6 billion 1
Florida $4.8 billion 2
California $3.6 billion 3
Pennsylvania $3.5 billion 4
Minnesota $3.4 billion 5
Michigan $3.4 billion 6
Wisconsin $3.1 billion 7
Missouri $2.4 billion 8
Ohio $1.9 billion 9
New York $1.8 billion 10
Georgia $1.8 billion 11
South Carolina $1.8 billion 12
Alabama $1.7 billion 13
North Carolina $1.7 billion 14
Louisiana $1.6 billion 15
West Virginia $1.5 billion 16
Washington $1.4 billion 17
Arkansas $1.4 billion 18
Arizona $1.3 billion 19
Virginia $1.3 billion 20
Kentucky $1.3 billion 21
Tennessee $1.3 billion 22
Colorado $1.2 billion 23
Source: Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation

Hunting and fishing in Colorado are more than just recreational activities – the two sports bring more than $1.2 billion to the state’s economy.

A just-released report, “Hunting and Fishing: Bright Stars of the American Economy,” developed by the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, highlights the economic effect of hunters and anglers throughout the state.

Colorado has more than 593,000 hunters and fishers – a group that supports 20,000 jobs, putting $706 million worth of paychecks into the pockets of state residents.

The state ranks 32nd in the nation for hunting and fishing revenue.

Government coffers also benefit as spending by sportsmen generates $126 million in state and local taxes.

Annual spending by Colorado sportsmen is two-and-a-half times more than the combined revenues of the Colorado Rockies, Denver Broncos and Denver Nuggets – $1.2 billion vs. $463 million.

The economic stimulus of hunting and fishing equates to $3.5 million a day added to the state’s economy, the report says.