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June 18, 2007

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By The Numbers: U.S. Fish And Wildlife Surveys Hunting And Fishing Participation

Every five years the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conducts its National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation. While the final numbers for the 2006 report won’t be out until November, here’s a look at the preliminary results. (All participants aged 16 and older)

• Current number of active sports-persons in the U.S.: 34 million
• Percentage of U.S. population made up of sportspersons: 15
• Number of anglers: 30 million
• Percentage of anglers who are freshwater fishermen: 85
• Amount spent in 2006 by anglers on fishing-related recreation: $41 billion
• Percent decrease in anglers from 2001 to 2006: 12
• Number of hunters: 12.5 million
• Percentage of hunters that pursue big game: 85
• Percentage of hunters that pursue small game: 38
• Percentage of hunters that pursue migratory birds: 18
• Amount spent in 2006 by hunters on hunting-related recreation: $23 billion
• Percent decrease in hunters from 2001 to 2006: 4
• First year this survey was conducted: 1955
• Number of households interviewed for this survey: 85,000


Joseph Kiesznoski

I believe the decline isour sportsis the Meadia. Every time there is a shootingthe coverage on the story lingers on and on.Also with people like brady Clinton Fienstien and several others does not help,as they believe we would all be safer if controled by the governmentBen franklin saw this at the signing and added the coma"s to the second admendment to make it very clear the PEOPLE have the RIGKT to OWN FIREARMS>

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