In a companion report, Bowman et al. (2022) estimate that in 2020 roughly 27,000 big game hunters and their guests, along with an estimated 39,982 upland game hunters, set out on the Nevada landscape in pursuit of game animals. These hunters spent a total of 469,970 days big game hunting
and 209,110 days upland game hunting and, in doing so, spent money on goods and services throughout the state. Bowman et al. (2022) estimate that there were $81 million in expenditures related to big game hunting in Nevada in 2020, $39 million related to upland game hunting, and $260 million on big-ticket items, such as recreational vehicles and weapons, purchased for hunting. This report analyzes how these hunting-related expenditures translated into economic activity (employment, output, tax revenue, etc.) for each county in Nevada. In doing so, this report shows the importance of hunting to the economies of Nevada’s counties and demonstrates the potential economic development opportunities related to hunting.
This report considers two measures of the economic activity associated with hunting.
First, the report provides estimates of the total economic contribution of big game and upland game hunting to Nevada counties in 2020. The economic contribution analysis captures the total economic activity supported by hunting-related expenditures in Nevada counties in 2020.
Significant findings include:
Urban counties generate more economic activity per dollar of hunting expenditure because there are more business-to-business linkages in urban counties, as well as more businesses to capture the spending that results from the additional labor income related to hunting.
Second, the report also provides estimates of the economic impact of additional hunting opportunities in Nevada counties. The economic impact measures—or response coefficients— can be used by policymakers to estimate the increases in employment, tax revenue, economic output, etc.,
associated with policies to increase hunting opportunities in their counties.
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Nevada Economic Assessment Project (NEAP)
The Nevada Economic Assessment Project focuses on providing Nevada’s counties, state and federal agencies, and their partners with quantitative and qualitative baseline data and analyses to better understand the counties’ demographic, social, economic, fiscal and environmental characteristics, trends and impacts. The data can be used for land use and project planning, grant writing and overall policy assessment.
A. Bowman, M. Taylor, T. Harris, B. Borden, 2022, Hunting-Related Economic Activity in Nevada, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno
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