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Number of Hunters in U.S. Rises for First Time in Decades

by PH Online Editors   |  August 16th, 2012 10
Ken Salazar

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar speaks Wednesday at the Urban Ecology Center in Milwaukee. (Photo by Paul Smith/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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 USFWS’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.

“Seeing more people fishing, hunting, and getting outdoors is great news for America’s economy and conservation heritage,” 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.

  • Ron

    The number has increased with some new sportsman in some of the areas I hunt, but when I stop to ask them if they saw anything—the response I get is "no speak ENGLISH!!!!"

  • thehousedad

    I think we as hunters should use this information to politely and calmly tell the anti-hunting world to collectively suck it.

  • John ODonnell

    We as hunters and outdoor sportsman have contributed greatly in our quest to recruit more young hunters as well as most importantly preserving wild habitat. We sometimes dwell on the anti-hunting crowd and what they think, say and do. Who cares. Go out enjoy our wild places and continue our God given heritage. The middle of the road non hunting yet sympathetic to hunting crowd are the ones we need to pay attention to. Some good acts, go a long way to bringing the non hunting crowd into our camp. Share your harvest., In Vt last year following TS Irene , hunters and sportsman with ATV/UTVs set up convoys to get victims in effected areas food, fuel and medications.. Those actions go a long way to impressing the sympathetic yet non hunting public.

    • Charles Drummond

      Your right on, take them cleaned game if they want it but don't forget to help them with preperation. Most haven't a clue what to do with it, and endup throwing it out or not liking what they ate.

  • Mightybenz

    Obama is the Biggest Gun salesman of all time!!

  • Duckhunt

    I’m pretty sure this article is fake just to get more people on board and make it seem cool. Look at some of the bozo comments left below, this makes current hunters feel great. Just like you do after you take somethings life, there really is something wrong with hunters. The few I know are weirdos and always looking for acceptance.

    • Jake

      You don’t see too many hunters creating accounts on liberal websites just to talk about how good wild game is for you. It’s people like you with way too much time on their hands that need to catch a hot dose of reality. If you’ve eaten meat at any point in your life you are guilty of supporting an industry that raises animals in horrid conditions, pumped full of God knows what, then performs a mass murder. You’re so cute though, duckhunt, that’s a fun name. I’m sure you see yourself as a rebellious liberator of animals but in fact you are a sad man who lives on the internet, Give me your address, Ill send some venison sausage I just made.

    • John

      you are an ignorant piece of shit.

      • Sr. John

        Actually you are, John. You wouldn’t be here if you’re ancestors didn’t kill something and eat it so shut the f**k up and quit being a little baby, alright son?

        • Goop

          Lets see, ignorance is the idea of thinking something incorrect. Hunting serves no real value in the modern world, thus hunters are ignorant.
          You want to impress me with your skills, find go naked into the woods and kill something. Using a gun that someone else invented, build, and probably even loaded the shells for is not a sport, the animal has almost 0% chance of killing you, thus no sport at all, just you acting like a baboon, trying to be like your ancestors in a world that has evolved.
          I am all about eating meat, but seriously, you have to hunt to show how pathetically manly you are, really?
          Before you assume I am this or that, I hunted with my father until I got old enough to wonder why. Fishing I stopped sooner because it is boring. I am a marksman, and can shoot better than most people on this page. Most people are not good hunters, they drink, they shoot their friends, they take 3 or more shots to bring down their prey because instead of waiting for the right shot, they just shoot. Hunters are not impressive, not bad ass, and not even relevant. Saving lives, this planet, building something, inventing something, brilliance, the human brain that is why humans are on top, not some left over urge to kill.

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