NSW Hunters Contribute 1.4 Billion Dollars to the Economy
NSW hunters contributed 1.4 billion dollars to the economy last year even though they were heavily confined with COVID restrictions it was only a drop of 10% from 2019.
NSW primary Industries released: Regulated hunting activities generate a range of social and economic benefits for NSW. In 2019–20, hunters spent an estimated $1,406 million on hunting related activities and products.
The combination of drought and NSW bushfires saw an increase of pest animals on properties within NSW in 2019-20 including rabbits, foxes, pigs, goats, deer, hares, feral cats and wild dogs (excluding dingoes). The drought also saw large populations of kangaroos moving to farming land and rural community areas.
These pest animals can cause damage to properties, compete with livestock for water and feed and decimate crops which can have a serious impact on NSW primary producers. They can also have devastating effects on native animals and ecosystems.
Hunting is recognised as important tool in the management of game and feral animals and as a legitimate recreational pursuit.
Hunters also play an important role on the front line of biosecurity to detect and prevent the spread of animal disease such as looking for signs of African Swine Fever (no occurrences as yet in Australia) and identifying serious non-native invasive pests and weeds such as parthenium in NSW.
Hunting can also provide extensive social benefits to participants who engage in active outdoor recreation with family and friends, harvest clean organic meat and reconnect with the land and the natural world.