Economic Benefits of Hunting and Fishing Services on State Owned Areas
Hunters and fishers travelling to state owned lands bring income to their chosen destinations.
A euro spent on a Metsähallitus hunting license generates 10 euros to the destination region.
The money flow from hunters and fishers is moving in a beneficial direction for the balancing of regional economy. On average, one hunting license brings a 242 euro profit to a region. The duration of hunting and fishing trips is the longest in when travelling to the northern and eastern parts of the country, so benefits for regional economy are the biggest in Lapland, Kainuu, Northern Ostrobothnia and North Karelia.
In 2014, money spent by licensed hunters and fishers in state owned areas generated a total of 28.2 million euro influence on regional economy in regions that were destinations for hunting and fishing trips. HUnting and fishing tourists travelling to Metsähallitus owned areas had an effect of approximately 238 person-years on employment last year. By this we can calculate that 530 wilderness licenses employ one person.
On average, a travelling grouse hunter spent 443 euros on their hunting trip, while expenses for a recreational fisher on their trip were 547 euros. Approximately two thirds of this were spent in the destination region.
Most of the money was spent on fuel, retail stores, accommodation and restaurants.
The estimate of effects on regional economy is based on the amount of fishing and hunting licenses sold by Metsähallitus and researched information on the average amount of money spent on hunting and fishing trips.
The effects of expenditure on economy and employment are calculated using a method developed in cooperation by Metsähallitus Parks & Wildlife Finland and the Finnish Forest Research Institute (the Natural Resources Institute Finland).