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Hunting, Fishing Mean Estimated $5B Boon For New York

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New York ranks as the nation's number 2 state when it comes to money spent on hunting and fishing. That  figure comes from a new analysis released Wednesday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

DiNapoli looked at the number of hunting and fishing licenses and permits sold as well as the overall economic impact of outdoor recreation.

Hunters and fishermen in New York pump an estimated $5 billion into the economy each year. That's the highest amount anywhere in the country except for Florida.

The Comptroller says outdoor recreation not only contributes to the upstate economy but it also raises money for state environmental protection programs, generating $45 million a year for the state's Conservation Fund.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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