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Indiana DNR news release -- sport dollar impact on economy


For immediate release November 24, 1997
For information or photos: John Maxwell, Division of Fish and Wildlife,
317/ 232-4080

Outdoor sport dollars impact Indiana economy
Over one billion dollars spent on hunting and fishing in 1996

     Sportsmen and sportswomen have been making positive waves in
Indiana with the money they spend on hunting and fishing. More than $798
million was generated for the stateís economy through fishing and more
than $280 million was expended on hunting in 1996, according to
preliminary findings of a survey conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service and the U.S. Census Bureau.
     Fishingís impact has almost doubled from 1991 figures, when anglers
spent $404 million. Hunters spent $36 million more in 1996 than they did
five years earlier. ìIndianaís outdoor enthusiasts contribute to our
communites, from their purchases at local bait shops to the money and
time they contribute to wildlife habitat  restoration,î said Lt. Gov.
Joseph Kernan, who serves as director of the Indiana Department of
     Richard Parker, owner of Parkerís Central Park Bait in Mishawaka,
says business at his bait shop and charter fishing service has more than
tripled in the last three years. ìWe should do even better this year as
more people find out about the fantastic trout, salmon and smallmouth
bass fishing in the area,î said Parker.
     The survey numbers are even more impressive when the economic
multiplier or ìrippleî effect is added in. Economists at the Sport
Fishing Institute, using formulas devised by the U.S. Department of
Commerce, estimated that the $404 million spent on fishing in 1991
cycled through local economies two or more times and had almost a $1
billion impact, sustained 15,000 jobs and generated more than $30
million in state tax revenues. Multiplier formulas estimate how many
times a dollar is respent in a local economy.
     ìWildlife is thriving in Indiana, and the harvest of these abundant
resources creates jobs and economic growth,î said Indiana Department of
Natural Resources director Larry Macklin.
      Three Rivers Archery supply store owner Steve Ferree said his
business started out slow 12 years ago, but, ìI  am now approaching
annual sales of $2 million and have nine employees.î Ferree sells
traditional archery equipment in Ashley, Indiana.
       A similar story is told by Joe Landwerlen, owner of J & L Tool
and Machine Inc. in Shelbyville. He says the healthy economy has allowed
the development of new products for their ìGator Gripî line of fishing
gear ó new gear which will be made by skilled machinists from the  area.

     The 1996 survey also shows that hunters in Indiana have increased
by 8 percent  and the angler population has grown by 1 percent, while
the number of citizens participating in wildlife recreation such as
wildlife photography, viewing or feeding has dropped 15 percent.
     This survey is conducted every five years by the U.S. Census Bureau
for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.