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Report: Hunting, fishing vital to South Dakota economy

RAPID CITY (AP) — A new report indicates that South Dakota's hunting and fishing industry majorly influences the state's economic health.

The Colorado-based Outdoor Industry Association released the report last month. It says the outdoors industry brings about 48,000 jobs to South Dakota, generating $1.2 billion in wages and salaries, $4.7 billion in consumer spending and $255 million in state and local tax revenues annually.

Fishing shop owner Mike Cummings tells the Rapid City Journal that the state's unpredictable but generally favorable weather, its game and fish populations, and its healthy economic conditions increase the amount of money outdoor enthusiasts spend on recreation.

The report also suggests ways to increase outdoor recreation participation, including developing urban areas to encourage people to find activities within 30 minutes of home.