Fall Hunting Will Boost Tourism and Generate Economic Development

LINCOLN, Neb. (September 16, 2015)— Nebraska plays host to some of the best hunting around and caters to hunters from all around the world. Fall hunting is an important part of Nebraska’s economy, bringing sportsmen and women to all corners of the state. Hunters are not just after the game, they are after once in a lifetime experiences. Whether hunting on public or private land, hunters look for unique lodging establishments that cater to their unique needs and add to the overall experience such as offering a warm, home cooked meal at the end of a long day in a blind.

Be prepared this hunting season for an increase in hunters as prospects are good for upland game in 2015. Nebraska’s communities can expect to benefit from hunting this season as hunters purchase supplies, lodging, meals, and more. The annual economic impact of hunting in Nebraska is estimated at $848 million which is just a part of the $2.4 Billion of impact from hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, and state parks.

In Nebraska, time spent outdoors is time well spent. The state’s diverse fish and wildlife provide mixed bag opportunities are the pulse of our outdoor heritage. Pheasant, quail and cottontail numbers are on the rise and habitat conditions for grouse are excellent in the Sandhills. But fall opportunities also offer deer and turkey hunting, as well as great fall fishing and fantastic vistas.

If you are a lodging establishment/outfitter and will be housing hunters this season be sure to brush up on other attractions in your area such as tanking, kayaking, hiking, and bird watching just to name a few. This could ensure your guests have a memorable stay in Nebraska and make them want to come back next year for their annual hunting getaway. If you need information about attractions in your area you can request a free Nebraska Travel Guide by visiting www.visitnebraska.com. Another resource you have is Alex Duryea who is the newly hired Eco-Tourism consultant for the Nebraska Tourism Commission. Alex has a background and a great deal of experience in hiking, biking, backpacking, and other outdoor related tourism. He specializes in outdoor recreation and outfitter assistance, contact him with any questions you might have at: 402-471-3797 or alexander.duryea@nebraska.gov.

For more information on hunting, season dates, shooting sports, archery, or other outdoor activities in Nebraska, visit http://upland.outdoornebraska.org/ or contact Christy Rasmussen, Nebraska Game and Parks Communications Director, at 402-471-5593.