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Economic Impact of Wildlife-Associated Recreation in Louisiana: 2011

Wildlife-related recreation generates billions of dollars for our nation's economy every year.

In an effort to highlight the contributions of southeastern hunters, anglers, and wildlife watchers, we are featuring findings from the 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation report. This report is the result of interviews conducted by the Census Bureau with U.S. residents about their fishing, hunting, and wildlife watching. It focuses on 2011 participation and expenditures of persons 16 years of age and older.

Wildlife-related recreation is fishing, hunting, and wildlife-watching activities. These categories are not mutually exclusive because many individuals participated in more than one activity. Wildlife-related recreation is reported in two major categories: (1) fishing and hunting, and (2) wildlife watching, which includes observing, photographing, and feeding fish or wildlife.

According to the report, in 2011 1.7 million people participated in wildlife-related recreation in the state of Louisiana, generating $2.2 billion for our economy.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

Graphs and charts on this page are from the original report. The full report is available here! Louisiana Census

 

Money Icon2011 Louisiana Quick Financials

  • $2.2 billion total spent on wildlife-related recreation in Louisiana
  • $807 million spent in Louisiana from fishing-related activities
  • $564 million spent in Louisiana on hunting-related activities
  • $543 million spent in Louisiana on wildlife-watching activities

 

Pie chart showing 66% spent on trip-related cost, 4% on other, 30% on equipment expenses.

Fishing IconFishing in Louisiana: $807 Million

Who fishes in Louisiana, and how much do they spend?

  • 825,000 people 16 years and older spent a combined total of 18.1 million days fishing in the state of Louisiana in 2011
    • 85% of anglers were state residents (700,000 people)
    • 15% of anglers were from out-of-state (125,000 people)
  • In total, residents and nonresidents combined spent an estimated total of $807 million on fishing in the state in 2011
    • Trip-related expenditures (food, lodging, transportation): $534 million
    • Equipment: $242 million
    • Other items (magazines, membership dues, licenses, etc.): $31 million - 4% of all fishing expenditures
  • People spend more than eight times as much per day on saltwater fishing as freshwater fishing ($154/day saltwater vs. $18/day freshwater)
  • 61% of the saltwater fish caught are red drum (redfish)

 

Pie chart showing 43% spent on trip-related cost, 25% on other, 31% on equipment expenses.

Hunting IconHunting in Louisiana: $564 Million

Who hunts in Louisiana, and how much do they spend?

  • 277,000 people 16 years and older spent a combined total of 5.2 million days hunting in the state of Louisiana in 2011
    • 91% of hunters were state residents (253,000 people)
    • 9% of hunters were out-of-state (24,000 people)
  • In total, residents and nonresidents combined spent an estimated total of $564 million on hunting in the state in 2011
    • Trip-related expenditures (food, lodging, transportation): $245 million
    • Equipment: $178 million
    • Other items (magazines, membership dues, licenses, etc.): $142 million - 25% of all hunting expenditures
  • Migratory bird hunters spent more per day than big and small game hunters ($45 migratory birds vs. $42 big game and $27 small game)
  • However,the big game hunter spent more at ($713 per trip) than the small game ($269 per trip) and migratory bird hunters ($446 per trip)

Bar chart depicting difference in spending between types of hunting

 

 

Pie chart showing 41% spent on trip-related cost, 8% on other, 51% on equipment expenses.

Watching IconWildlife-Watching in Louisiana: $543 Million

Who watches wildlife in Louisiana, and how much do they spend?

Two wildlife-watching activities are reported: (1) away-from-home activities and (2) around-the-home activities. Because some people participated in more than one type of wildlife watching, the sum of participants in each type will be greater than the total number of wildlife watchers. Only those engaged in activities whose primary purpose was wildlife watching are included in the survey. Secondary wildlife watching, such as incidentally observing wildlife while pleasure driving, is not included.

  • 1.0 million people 16 years and older watched wildlife in Louisiana in 2011
    • 79% of all wildlife watchers did so close to their home (794,000 people)
    • 37% of all wildlife watchers traveled at least one mile from home to observe wildlife (371,000 people)
    • (167,000 people) of away-from-home wildlife watchers were state residents
  • In total, residents and nonresidents combined spent an estimated total of $543 million on wildlife-watching in the state
    • Trip-related expenditures (food, lodging, transportation): $222 million
    • Equipment: $277 million
    • Other items (magazines, membership dues, plantings, etc.): $44 million - 8% of all wildlife-watching expenditures
  • The most popular around-the-home wildlife-watching activity is feeding wildlife (635,000 people)
  • Louisianan's spent nearly 4.9 million days engaged in away-from-home wildlife-watching activities in their state
  • A few more people photographed wildlife while away from their homes than while near their homes (228,000 people away-from-home, 214,000 close-to-home)
  • Not enough data was collected on the number of people reported visiting parks and natural areas to observe wildlife

 

 

Alice fishing at Marsh Island, LA

Alice fishing at Marsh Island, LA Photo: Charlie Martin

 

Alligator looking for fun along the levee.

Louisiana: Alligator looking for fun along the levee. Photo: Corey Douglas - USFWS

Last updated: September 26, 2013
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