FISCAL NOTE

Date Requested: February 21, 2017
Time Requested: 01:27 PM
Agency: Natural Resources, WV Division of
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
2280 Introduced HB2642
CBD Subject: Natural Resources


FUND(S):

0265

Sources of Revenue:

General Fund

Legislation creates:

Neither Program nor Fund



Fiscal Note Summary


Effect this measure will have on costs and revenues of state government.


    This bill will eliminate the restriction of Sunday hunting on private land. The typical hunter spends on average $22 per day while hunting. Based on current hunting season schedules, an estimated 25 additional days of hunting will be available for use by hunters. Given an estimated 25% participation rate of all hunters, 61,716 would be eligible to participate in Sunday hunting. However, 90% of hunters hunt on private land reducing the estimated number of Sunday hunters hunting on private land to 55,544 (61,716 X 90%) hunters. Because deer is the primary species being hunted, only 6 (25%) of the 25 additional days will fall into deer hunting season, and therefore are expected to be used by Sunday hunters. Therefore, an estimated 347,150 hunter days would be spent by West Virginia hunters on private land on Sundays. Based on these estimates, the annual economic impact of adding Sunday hunting will generate an estimated increase of $7,637,300 (=347,150 hunter days X $22 per day) to the State’s economy. An annual estimated increase of $458,238 or 6% will be added to the State’s coffers generated as tax revenue from the estimated $7,637,300. The fiscal impact to the Division of Natural Resources will be minimal because hunters will already have acquired a hunting license and few hunters will purchase a license just to hunt on additional Sunday.



Fiscal Note Detail


Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
2017
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2018
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
Implementation)
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 0 0
Personal Services 0 0 0
Current Expenses 0 0 0
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 458,238 458,238


Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):


    Given:
    
    Total WV Hunters (Source: US Fish and Wildlife Service Surveys, 2011) 246,864
    
    Avg $ spent per trip (hunting day) per hunter in WV = (Source: US Fish and Wildlife Service Surveys, 2011) $22
    
    Number of Hunters participating on Sundays (Assume 25% of 246,864) 61,716
    
    Number of hunters hunting on private land (90%) = ( 61,716 X .9) 55,544
    
    Additional hunting days allowing Sunday hunting = 25
    
    Assume 25% participation rate of Sunday hunting days (occurs during deer season) = (25 X 25%) 6.25
    
    Est. additional hunting participation days allowing Sunday hunting = (55,544 hunters X 6.25 days) 347,150
    
    Est. economic impact statewide for Sunday hunting = ($22 X 347,150 hunting days) $7,637,300
    
    Percent for State Tax Revenue based on Southwick Associates calculations 6%
    
    Estimated State tax income for Sunday hunting = ($7,637,300 X 6%) $458,238
    



Memorandum


    



    Person submitting Fiscal Note: Randy L. Tucker
    Email Address: Randy.L.Tucker@wv.gov