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 last survey was conducted in 2006. The final report for 2006 will be issued in late 2007.
The most recent survey report (2006)
indicated in that year:
- 12.5 million people 16 years
old and older enjoyed hunting a variety
of animals within the United States.
They hunted 220 million days and took
185 million trips. Hunting expenditures
totaled $22.9 billion.
- An estimated 10.7
million hunters pursued big game, such as deer and elk, on 164 million days.
- There were 4.8 million hunters of small
game including squirrels and rabbits.
- They hunted small game on 52 million
days and spent $2.4 billion on small game hunting trips and equipment.
- 2.3 million hunted migratory birds such as doves or waterfowl
- 1.1 million hunted other animals such as woodchucks and raccoons
In additional to the national
report, 50 separate state-specific reports
are available as PDF
files. The new survey will be conducted in 2007.
(New) Adaptive Harvest Management, 2008 Hunting Season
(News Releases About Hunting
and Fishing Licenses Statistics Since 1975-2000)