Hunting and Fishing Participants for 2011

Recently released data from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (Service) 2011, which highlights the National Survey on Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife Associated Recreation and expenditures to mainstream industries showed the following; 

Highlights of the findings included:

  • The participation and economic data, released in August by the Service shows a 9 percent increase in hunters and an 11 percent increase in anglers compared to the 2006 survey.
  • 37 million sportsmen and women over the age of 16 participated in hunting and angling
  • Hunters and anglers continued their strong spending habits
  • Equipment expenditures noted $8.2 billion for hunters, $6.2 billion for anglers
  • Trip-related expenses totaled over $32 billion
  • Sportsmen and women are the nation's most ardent conservationists, putting money toward state fish and wildlife management.
  • Hunters and anglers directed $3 billion towards on-the-ground conservation and restoration efforts in 2011 - that is over $95 every second.