A study conducted by the U.S. of Fish & Wildlife Service showed an increase in the number of hunters and anglers over the last five years, reversing a downward trend spanning decades.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar released a preliminary report — part of the USFWSâ€™s 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation — Wednesday in Milwaukee that showed the number of hunters increased about 9 percent from 2006 to 2011, while the number of anglers grew by 11 percent.
â€śSeeing more people fishing, hunting, and getting outdoors is great news for Americaâ€™s economy and conservation heritage,â€ť Salazar told the Journal Sentinel.
The survey, conducted every five years since 1955, showed that almost 38 percent of Americans participated in some wildlife-related activity in 2011; that’s 2.6 million more people than the last survey conducted in 2006. In addition, that fraction of the population spent $145 billion on gear, trips, tags, licenses, and land leasing and ownership, accounting for about 1 percent of the United States’ gross domestic product.
In addition, a reported 13.7 million people, about 6 percent of the total population over the age of 16, went hunting, and spent a total of $34 billion. That’s an average of $2,484 per hunter.
The full survey will be released later this year.