February 7, 2023

Hunting in Maine in 2013: A statewide and regional analysis of participation and economic contributions

Recreational hunting is a powerful economic engine for rural communities across the country, bringing in outside dollars that generate additional spending, supporting and creating jobs, and building future investments in open spaces and recreational areas.

The Maine Office of Tourism and the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (DIF&W) commissioned a study of the state’s sporting population to examine statewide and regional hunting activity and the characteristics of hunting trips including the duration, purpose, destination, lodging and amenities associated with resident and visiting hunters. Drawing from license sales records and survey-based information, this report examines the economic contributions associated with hunting in Maine. The study quantifies the total economic contributions to the state economy generated by hunter spending in each of the eight tourism regions and for selected game species. <<>>