Hunting External Affairs

Hunting Statistics and Economics

The US Fish and Wildlife Service sponsors a National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation every five years. The questions are developed in concert with technical committee members from every state and with representatives of nongovernmental organizations.

The following types of data are presented in the reports:

    • Number of anglers, hunters, and wildlife-watching participants, by type of activity.
    • Trips and days spent on different types of activities.
    • Expenditures (trip, equipment, etc.), by type of fishing and hunting and wildlife-watching activity.
    • Number of participants and days of participation by animal sought.
    • Demographic characteristics of participants (including age, income, sex, race, and education).

The 2011 national report is available for downloading, as are the 2011 state reports (when they become available). The national and state reports for 1991, 1996, 2001, and 2006 reports are available for downloading.