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Study shows hunting and fishing have huge impact on state economy

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Kennewick, WA  -  A new study says people who hunt and fish have a $1.4 billion dollar annual impact on the Washington economy.

According to the Congressional Sportsmen's Association, 764,000 people hunt and fish in the state.

They generate more than $123 millions in state and local tax revenue.

And the industries employ close to 19,800 people statewide.  That's more than Boeing and Washington State University combined.

Local retailers that specialize in those outdoor sports say they aren't too surprised to hear that.

They say that hunting and fishing are the two oldest sports known to mankind.

"Those activities, when they are outdoor activities can be done by getting bigger, fancy toys, which is good for guys like me. That pays my bills," says Brian Howald, a manager at Sportsmen's Warehouse in Kennewick, "But at the same time they can be done for little or no expense."

Howald says in recent years hunting and fishing has become popular among women.

He attributes that in part to the increase in single parent homes.

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