BARRE, Vt.—A new survey says hunters spend more than $189 million in Vermont annually.
The survey conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Census Bureau says about $151 million is spent on equipment, more than $20 million is trip-related and more than $17 million is spent on other items.
The state Fish and Wildlife Department says in 2010, 79,603 people bought Vermont hunting licenses. Nearly 11,000 of those were nonresidents. Most license buyers go deer hunting.
Vermont ranks third in the nation in participation in wildlife-related recreation, including hunting, fishing and wildlife watching. Residents and nonresidents spend $376 annually in Vermont on wildlife-related activities.