Hunters across the state took advantage of Opening Day in Michigan on Nov. 15, which not only brought excitement to hunters, but a significant impact to Michigan’s economy.
According to the Michigan Economic and Development Corporation (MEDC), Michigan saw 81,119 new customers for all hunting licenses combined in 2016, and the state continues as one of the top in the nation for paid holders of hunting licenses. The MEDC also states that hunter satisfaction and hunter success rates continued trends last year, and again increased from 2015 to 2016.
Firearm season for deer generates hunting’s largest economic impact on the state with more than 90 percent of Michigan hunters pursuing deer, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
A new report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates the average hunter spends $2,237 each year, and hunting in Michigan generates more than $2.3 billion in economic impact, from food and lodging to hunting gear and equipment.
“For many Michigan hunters, there’s no more important time of the year than the annual deer hunting season. It’s a rich outdoor tradition that is shared across generations of family and friends, and one that supports local economies across the state,” said Michigan Department of Natural Resources Director Keith Creagh. “We wish every hunter this season a safe, enjoyable and successful hunt.”