Hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities contributed more than $144.7 billion in economic activity across the United States according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (Service) National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, published every five years.

The final report of the 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation has detailed information on the number of U.S. residents 16 years of age and older who fished, hunted or wildlife watched (fed, observed, or photographed wildlife) in 2011. It also provides information on their expenditures for trips, equipment, and other items. Individual state reports will be available on a flow basis beginning in January 2013.

The U.S. Census Bureau conducted the Survey and screened 48,600 households across the country to obtain samples of sportspersons and wildlife watchers for detailed interviews. Information was collected (April 2011 - May 2012) through computer-assisted telephone and in-person interviews. State reports will be prepared for release on a flow basis. The survey is funded by Multi-State Conservation grants under the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program.

Click here to download the 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation


Click here to download the Quick Facts of the 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation



John Stewart
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