February 10, 2016

Group highlights economic impact of hunting


File photo: WisDNR

File photo: WisDNR

A new group is trying to raise awareness about the impact hunting has on Wisconsin’s economy.

Mark LaBarbera is the co-chair of Hunting Works for Wisconsin. He says studies show nearly 900,000 people hunt in the state. He says on average, each hunter spends $2,800 a year.

LaBarbera says overall, hunters shell out $1.5 billion on equipment, while their expenses for traveling to go hunting are more than $358 million. Overall, he says the sport has a $4 billion economic impact.

The organization held a kickoff event Thursday morning in Green Bay for a statewide awareness campaign.


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