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Economic value of select non-timber forest uses

Fishing rod on riverbank

Hunting, trapping and fishing licence sales impact the economy directly through revenue collected by the province and indirectly by supporting local businesses through food, lodging and supply purchases. Licence sales and revenue are a measure of non-timber forest activity and value in the province.

What’s happening

What's happening - Economic value of select forest uses

What we are doing

The number of licences available in both the forest and agricultural regions of the province can vary annually based on wildlife populations and management objectives. Variations in the number of licences available have not created a drastic change in licence sales over the past 10 years.

Hunting and fur licences sold

Canadian, non-resident/guided and fur licence sales have remained consistent over time. Saskatchewan resident hunting licence sales have increased but are considered stable. Hunting and fur licences include big game animals, game birds and furbearers.

Number of fishing licences sold

Non-resident fishing licence sales have remained consistent over time while Saskatchewan and Canadian resident fishing licence sales have increased. Licence revenues in both the forest and agricultural regions of the province can vary annually but have not changed significantly over the past 10 years.

Total revenue from hunting, angling and fur licences exceeded $16.8 million in 2017.

Why it matters

Fishing, hunting and fur licence sales, and the revenue generated from licensing, are as a measure of natural resource activity and value throughout the province. Approximately 15 per cent of provincial regulated hunting and trapping activity occurs north of the provincial forest boundary.

Hunting and trapping licence sales impact the economy directly through licence sale revenue, and indirectly by supporting local businesses through food, lodging and supply purchases.

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