As hunters across Michigan head to deer camp, deer blinds, or a tree-stand, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. has examined the economic impact of hunting statewide. According to data from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, firearm season for deer generates hunting’s largest economic impact, with more than 90 percent of Michigan hunters pursuing deer each year.
Annually, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimated hunting in Michigan generates more than $2.3 billion in economic impact statewide, including expenses related to food and lodging, and $1.3 billion spent on equipment. Additionally, the average hunter is reported to spend $2,237 each year. Leisure travel spending related to hunting also increased in 2016, when a reported $124.3 million was spent on travel specific to Michigan, compared to $123.8 million in 2015.
“Hunting provides an excellent opportunity for residents and visitors alike to experience Michigan’s vast natural resources and participate in an important tradition for our state,” says Jeff Mason, CEO of the MEDC. “Throughout the year, but especially over the next few weeks, hunting drives travel within Michigan and attracts sportsmen and women to this great state, generating economic impact for our communities and businesses.”
In 2016, Michigan saw 81,119 new customers for all hunting licenses combined and Michigan continues to be one of the top states nationally for paid-hunting license holders. Both hunter satisfaction and hunter success rates continued trends last year and increased from 2015.
More information about Michigan’s hunting opportunities and licenses can be found here.