Economic Impact of Hunting, Fishing, Trapping, Boating and Wildlife Viewing in South Dakota

This report details the economic impact of hunting, fishing, trapping, boating, and wildlife viewing in South Dakota. With hundreds of thousands of participants, South Dakota hosts 7.9 million days of fish, wildlife and boating-related activity annually (Table ES 1). Significant dollars are spent in support of these activities, including $531.7 million by anglers, $681.1 million by hunters, $116.3 million by wildlife viewers and $2.6 million and $91.5 million by trappers and boaters, respectively. Altogether, the State’s fish, wildlife and boating resources generate over $1.4 billion in spending annually.

Economic Impact of Hunting, Fishing, Trapping, Boating and Wildlife Viewing in South Dakota (2022)

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