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Report: Outdoor sports bring $870 million to West Virginia

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CHARLESTON, West Virginia -

Every year in West Virginia, nearly 500,000 people hunt or fish. When they do, they spend a lot of money.

That, according to a new federal report, is having a massive impact on the state's bottom line. 

The report, by the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation, shows that hunting and fishing brought in $870 million dollars. 

"Many people may not fully comprehend how important hunting and fishing are to the fabric of this country. Yet nationally there are more people who hunt or fish than go bowling, and their spending would land them at #24 on the Fortune 500 list," said Jeff Crane, President of the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation in a news release.

Nationwide, there are 37 million outdoorsmen age 16 and up. Combined, they spent $90 billion in 2011. The report shows that despite an economic slump, the amount spent on hunting and fishing rose. 

The full report can be found by clicking here.