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Wildlife Recreation Is Good For Business In Kentucky

Frankfort, KY — A newly released report from the 2022 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation shows that wildlife recreation continues to be a major socio-economic force in Kentucky.​​​

The survey estimates that more than 4.3 million people spent $11.2 billion on fishing, hunting or wildlife watching activities in Kentucky during the calendar year. Nearly 2 million visitors to the state engaged in these activities.​​​

Among Kentucky residents age 16 or older, 660,000 (19%) fished, 316,000 (9%) hunted, and 2.5 million (71%) actively observed wildlife in 2022. Many participated in more than one activity.​​​

“I’m very pleased to see strong participation in wildlife-related activities continue,” said Rich Storm, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “Healthy fish and wildlife populations are vital for keeping the fabric of our wonderful commonwealth strong. They directly contribute to our quality of life and livelihood in so many ways, from providing healthy activity and food, to supporting the manufacture and sales of outdoor equipment, vehicles and fuels.”​​​

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