Hunting in the USA increased dramatically from 2006 to 2011, according to a recent study by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife Associated Recreation Final National Report was released in December by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The Final Report, which follows the August 2012 Preliminary Review and the September 2012 State Overview, provides extensive information on the types of activities and money spent for fishing, hunting, and wildlife watching.
In 2011, 13.7 million hunters entered the field to hunt. During that period, 11.6 million hunted big game, 4.5 million hunted small game, 2.6 million hunted migratory birds, and 2.2 million other animals.
80% of all hunters were metropolitan residents.
89% (12.2 million) of all hunters were males and 11% (1.5 million) were females.
More than 90 million U.S. residents 16 years old and older participated in some form of wildlife-related recreation in 2011. The increase was primarily among those who fished and hunted.
Wildlife recreationists spent $144.7 billion in 2011 on their activities; $49.5 billion was trip-related, $70.4 billion was spent on equipment, and $24.8 billion was spent on other items such as licenses and land leasing and ownership.
The number of sportspersons rose from 33.9 million in 2006 to 37.4 million in 2011. Approximately 33.1 million people fished, 13.7 million hunted, and 71.8 million participated in at least one type of wildlife-watching activity such as observing, feeding and photographing wildlife.
source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service