Economic Data

How important are hunters for South Dakota’s economy?

Hunting specifically supports thousands of jobs, both rural and urban, across the state of South Dakota, and our goal is to provide a unified voice for all of these stakeholders. Hunting Works For South Dakota will monitor public policy decisions and weigh in on hunting-related issues that impact South Dakota jobs.

$723 million spent annually.

  • 270,000 people hunt in South Dakota each year.
  • Of those hunters, 144,000 are from out of state.
  • South Dakota hunters spend $338 million on trip-related expenditures.
  • Hunters in South Dakota spend over $115 million on hunting equipment.
  • Each hunter spends an average of $2,200 a year in South Dakota.
  • Hunter spending translates to $302 million in salaries and wages.
  • Hunting in South Dakota supports over 11,000 South Dakota jobs.
  • Hunters generate $62 million in state and local taxes.

$972 million ripple effect.