Outdoorsmen have a quantifiable impact on the Illinois economy. 1.31 million people engaged in hunting or fishing in Illinois in 2011, according to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and they spent $2.34 billion on transportation and lodging, permits, guides, outfitters and equipment, such as ammunition, game calls, scents, lures and rods and reels, according to the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation.
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“Illinois is a very big state, and it’s also very big when it comes to our outdoor heritage. A lot of people love to hunt and fish in the state of Illinois. It’s not surprising to me that it ranks No. 11 as far as the number of participants out there, and with that many participants, you’re going to have a significant economic impact,” said Chris Horton, Midwestern states director for the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation.
The foundation’s study says hunting and fishing support 31,500 jobs in Illinois.