This report provides a comprehensive analysis of big game and upland game hunting-related expenditures in 2020. Big game hunting includes hunts for Rocky Mountain elk, mule deer, mountain goat, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep (Desert (Nelson), Rocky Mountain, California), and black bear. Upland game refers to birds including quail (California, Gambel’s, and Mountain), pheasant, chukar, Hungarian partridge, sage grouse, dusky grouse, sooty grouse, and ruffed grouse. This research was conducted in partnership with the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), who manages both big game and upland game hunting in Nevada.1 This report is the first comprehensive study of big game hunting-related expenditures, specifically for Nevada, since 1988 and is the first study ever of upland game hunting-related expenditures in Nevada.
The analysis combines administrative data from NDOW with data from two NDOW-administered email surveys to estimate (i) total big game hunting expenditures in Nevada in 2020, including expenditures on pre-hunting scouting trips, post-hunt expenditures, and expenditures by non-tag holding guests; (ii) total number of upland game hunting days in 2020; (iii) total upland game hunting expenditures in Nevada in 2020; (iv) total expenditure on large items purchased for hunting in Nevada in 2020 (e.g., firearms, off-highway vehicles). The analysis considers how hunting-related expenditures depend on the target animal’s species and class, differ between resident and nonresident hunters, and how big game hunting expenditures changed between 2019 and 2020 due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on hunting in Nevada. This report also includes hunter demographic information.
This report focuses on hunting-related expenditures at the state level; a companion report provides estimates of the total economic and fiscal impact of hunting for Nevada and its counties and explores opportunities to increase the share of total hunting-related expenditures captured by businesses in rural Nevada.
Main findings on hunter expenditures in Nevada include:
Additional significant findings include:
For the complete (51pg.) report including information on big game and general hunting, use the link below to download the PDF.
Nevada Economic Assessment Project (NEAP)
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A Bowman, M. Taylor, B. Borden, 2022, Hunter Expenditure in Nevada, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno
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