Exploring Recent Increases in Hunting and Fishing Participation
Recreational hunting and fishing license sales produce valuable funding each year for fish and wildlife conservation and habitat restoration, while hunter and angler expenditures generate billions of dollars annually for the national economy and support millions of jobs. These facts suggest that the continued growth of hunting and fishing participation is critical to the nation. The trend across the previous two decades had been a steady decline in hunting and fishing participation, yet recent statistics from the 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation (National Survey) indicate a recent increase in participation in hunting and fishing. From 2006 to 2011, hunting participation nationally increased 9%, while fishing participation increased 11% nationally over this time span.