DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A federal survey shows that anglers, hunters and wildlife watchers added $3.6 billion to Ohio's economy last year. That was an increase of more than 12 percent from 2006.
The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/QVbQXR ) reports that a federal study released every five years by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service shows that about 4.1 million Ohioans 16 and older went hunting, fishing or wildlife-watching last year. That was up from 4 million in 2006. Participation in those activities in Ohio has grown from 3.4 million people in 2001.
Spending on wildlife-related recreation in the state increased by 20 percent in the last decade. State officials say spending by hunters, anglers and wildlife-watchers supports many jobs in the state and generates important tax revenue.