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Texas economy gets a boost thanks to hunting season

POSTED: Sunday, November 2, 2008 - 10:47pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 11:59am

TYLER - It's opening weekend which means avid hunters have headed into the woods for the first time this season. And that's a good thing for the economy.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation recently released a survey ranking states based on every aspect of hunting from total number of hunters and anglers to spending by sportsmen to even jobs supported by the sport. And for 2008 Texas is at the top of the pack.

The new state-by-state rankings show the immense impact hunters and anglers have on the economy at the national and state level. So based on other states, Texas ranks number one in terms of total hunters and anglers (2.6 million), money spent ($6.6 billion) and job support (106,000).

However, when it comes to who spends the most time in the field and woods, Pennsylvanians beat out Texans, spending 16 million days hunting compared to the 13.4 million that Texans spend.

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