Montana’s outdoor economy has been booming in the last few years and hunters and anglers are a big contributor to that growth, according to KTVH.

Visit any small Montana town in the fall and you will see an influx of camouflage. The hunters who come from both within and outside of the state are a major contributor to these town’s local economy.

“In Montana, $7.1 billion in consumer spending comes from the outdoor recreation economy, but not only is it the money brought in, but its jobs. And in Montana, 71,000 jobs are contributed to outdoor recreation. That’s 10% of the jobs in Montana [that] all circle back to outdoor recreation,” Montana Office of Outdoor Recreation Director Rachel VandeVoort.

Montana’s outdoor economy takes in everything from winter sports to springtime hikes to summer outings, camping and off-roading.

“Outdoor recreation is our way of life. I think the number is 80% of Montanans think that outdoor recreation is an important part of their lives and over 90% feel that outdoor recreation is a huge contributor to our economy,” VandeVoort said.

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