05 DEC 2018: A new report by the University of Montana's Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research says guided outdoor activities in the state fueled a multi-million-dollar industry in 2017. Activities included hunting, fishing and rafting as well as horseback riding and snowmobiling.

Guided outdoor activities in Montana brought in $374 million and the amount is nearly twice that when food and lodging is factored in.

Jeremy Sage with the institute says the findings aren't surprising given the trend of increased spending on professional guides in Montana.

The Great Falls Tribune reports outfitters and guides served more than 700,000 clients in 2017. Almost two-thirds were from out of state.

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