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Published March 08, 2013, 05:25 PM

Study shows hunting has a large impact on North Dakota's economy

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- We hear about the staggering impact oil and Ag are having on North Dakota's economy this year, but outdoor groups say, don't forget hunting.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- We hear about the staggering impact oil and ag are having on North Dakota's economy this year, but outdoor groups say, don't forget hunting.

Fishing and hunting in North Dakota contribute one point four billion dollars to the state's annual economy. That is according to an NDSU study.

Game and Fish commissioned the work.

The report tracked hunter and angler spending in North Dakota, the first time it has been surveyed in ten years. According to the study, sportsmen spent 642-million dollars on boats, equipment, travel, lodging and food. Outdoors groups say the key is keeping youth interested in the sport.

Brian Nelson with Pheasants Forever says, "down the road we need our numbers to replace people like me because in 30 year I will not be walking the hills and hunting so a lot of our money goes to youth programs."

Spending for non residents compared to 10-years ago, is up 4-million dollars.

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