Economic Data

How important are hunters for Illinois’s economy?

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

$1.3 billion spent annually.

  • 512,000 people hunt in Illinois each year.
  • Of those hunters, 51,000 are from out of state.
  • Illinois hunters spend $273 million on trip-related expenditures.
  • Hunters in Illinois spend $235 million on hunting equipment.
  • Each hunter spends an average of $2,400 a year in Illinois.
  • Hunter spending translates to $700 million in salaries and wages.
  • Hunting in Illinois supports over 18,000 Illinois jobs.
  • Hunters pay $158 million in state and local taxes.

$2.2 billion ripple effect.