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Hunters And Anglers Spent 1.02 BillIon In Idaho In 2011

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By Brittany Cooper

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Idaho's potato industry grossed $914 million in 2011, but hunters and anglers teamed up to spend 1.02 billion that year. These numbers were just released last month by the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation.

Jeff Frost owns Intermountain Taxidermy and Worldwide Adventures in Twin Falls, a local business with an international network of clients.

Frost says, "we have a taxidermy studio and arrange worldwide safaris for fishing, hunting and photo trips."

534,000 state and non–residents hunt or fish in Idaho, according to the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation.

Frost also arranges hunting trips for non–residents looking to do their adventures in the Gem State.

"I work with a lot of our local outfitters and guides to arrange those trips," adds Frost.

The ripple effect of hunters and anglers on the economy might be more surprising to some, $1.4 billion.

Kelton Hatch, Regional Conservation Officer, Idaho Fish and Game says, "and a lot of our small communities and towns completely thrive or survive on hunting or angling dollars."

"We arrange for them to stay in hotels, eat in our restaurants, buy our gas, supporting our local economy while they're here and doing their taxidermy after their hunt," adds Hatch.

Nationally, the CSF says hunters and anglers' spending ranks amongst the best. In 2011, sportsmen and women combined to spend 90 billion dollars.

"We rank about 24th overall in Fortune 500," adds Hatch.

Weathering through the economic storm while others could not.

The report also reveals the hunting and angling industry supports more than 15,000 jobs in Idaho.



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