National Hunting and Fishing Participation Climbs

2012 has been a landmark year for sportsmen and women. Marking the 75th anniversary of Ducks Unlimited, Michigan United Conservation Clubs and Pittman-Robertson funding, 2012 also boasts increased national participation in wildlife-associated recreation.

The 2011 U.S. Fish and Wildlife National Survey published the state overview report, the second in a series of survey results to be released by USFWS. Participation increased in 28 states since 2006. Data also shows that hunting participation increased by 9% while fishing participation rose by 11%.

The State Overview included several highlights:

  • Of the 28 states with increases, Alaska (47%) and Louisiana (40%) had the highest increases in participation
  • 38% of Americans over 16 participated in wildlife-related recreation, an increase of 2.6 million participants
  • Hunting equipment expenditures rose by 29%
  • Hunters, anglers and wildlife watchers spent $145 billion last year on related gear, trips and other associated expenditures (licenses, tags, etc.)

The National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation is conducted every five years and is a critical source of detailed information to assist Federal, State and private organizations to manage wildlife and wildlife-related recreation programs, products and trends. The 2012 survey will finish its publication with the release of detailed state reports by the end of December 2012. The full State Overview Report can be viewed online here.

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