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

Dec 9, 2015

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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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