Illinois ranks 12th in the U.S. for the most hunting and fishing license paid in 2018.


In 2018, Illinois collected $39.5 million in hunting and fishing license, ranking it 12th in the United States, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Survey of State Government Tax Collections (STC).

The STC survey includes five broad tax categories and up to 25 subcategories. Data is gathered from all 50 state governments and all dependent state-level entities.

The Census Bureau cautions that it sets the tax classifications among the survey categories, and they may differ from the classifications set by the state governments.

Below is a breakdown of how taxes were classified by the bureau and how much was collected.

U.S. hunting and fishing license by State in 2018
Rank
State
Amount
1
California
$112,138,000
2
Texas
$110,770,000
3
Colorado
$76,251,000
4
Pennsylvania
$76,245,000
5
Wisconsin
$67,571,000
6
Minnesota
$66,634,000
7
Oregon
$57,598,000
8
Michigan
$48,618,000
9
Idaho
$46,428,000
10
Washington
$42,450,000
11
New York
$41,964,000
12
Illinois
$39,534,000
13
Montana
$38,414,000
14
Wyoming
$37,187,000
15
Arizona
$37,005,000
16
Tennessee
$36,730,000
17
Ohio
$36,260,000
18
Alaska
$35,608,000
19
Georgia
$35,418,000
20
Missouri
$33,692,000
21
North Carolina
$33,167,000
22
Kansas
$32,780,000
23
Louisiana
$31,994,000
24
New Mexico
$31,802,000
25
Utah
$31,299,000
26
Kentucky
$30,531,000
27
Virginia
$29,393,000
28
South Dakota
$28,690,000
29
Iowa
$28,200,000
30
Arkansas
$26,672,000
31
Alabama
$21,451,000
32
Oklahoma
$20,494,000
33
Indiana
$19,495,000
34
South Carolina
$18,898,000
35
Maryland
$17,207,000
36
Florida
$16,629,000
37
Maine
$16,578,000
38
Nebraska
$15,906,000
39
North Dakota
$15,286,000
40
New Jersey
$14,685,000
41
West Virginia
$12,325,000
42
Nevada
$12,144,000
43
New Hampshire
$11,899,000
44
Vermont
$7,294,000
45
Connecticut
$5,754,000
46
Massachusetts
$5,637,000
47
Delaware
$3,759,000
48
Mississippi
$2,703,000
49
Rhode Island
$1,844,000
50
Hawaii
$665,000
51
District of Columbia
$81,000
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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