Hunting Numbers Up 9% Overall

USFWS / NSSF, Bear Hunting Magazine

The number of hunters age 16 and older in the United States increased 9% between 2006 and 2011, reversing a previous downward trend, a preliminary report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Department of the Interior shows.

Preliminary figures show an increase from 12.5 million hunters in 2006 to 13.7 million in 2011. Final data will be included in the upcoming USFWS 2011 National Survey Report. USFWS has conducted a national survey every five years since 1955, with the last being the 2006 National Survey, released in 2007.

The preliminary report also shows that hunters spent an average of 21 days pursuing wild game in 2011. Additionally, it showed that hunters spent $34 billion on trips, firearms and equipment, licenses and other items to support their hunting activities in 2011.

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