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BY THE NUMBERS

Wildlife-Related
Recreation
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90.1 MILLION: The number of
Americans 16 years of age and
older who participated in wildliferelated recreation (hunting, fishing,
wildlife-watching, etc.) in 2011
(38 percent of all Americans).

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22 MILLION: The number of 6- to
15-year-olds who fished, hunted,
or watched wildlife in 2011.
2.6 MILLION: The total increase
in participants 16 years of age and
older who engaged in wildlife-related
recreation between 2006 and 2011.

$145 BILLION: The amount spent in 2011
by hunters, anglers, and wildlife watchers
on related gear, trips, and other purchases
such as licenses, tags, and land
leasing or ownership.

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1: The percentage of the gross domestic product

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6 years of age or older spent hunting in 2011.
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$1,261: The average expenditure per angler

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$2,484: The average expenditure per hunter

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28: The number of states that reported

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17: The number of days the average angler 16

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years of age or older spent fishing in 2011.
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443 MILLION: The total number of days
Americans spent fishing in 2011.

12.3 MILLION: The number of wildlife watchers
who visited a public park or natural area for
the purpose of wildlife-watching in 2011.

increases in the number of wildlife-related
recreation participants from 2006 to 2011.
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9: The percentage of increase in the
number of hunters since 2006.

on hunting-related expenses in 2011.
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11: The percentage of increase in the
number of anglers since 2006.

on fishing-related expenses in 2011.
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320 MILLION: The total number of days
Americans spent hunting in 2011.

attributed to wildlife-related recreation.
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21: The number of days the average hunter

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16: The percentage of Hawaii residents
who watched wildlife in 2011.
53: The percentage of Vermont residents who
wildlife-watched in 2011.

SOURCE: 2011 NATIONAL SURVEY OF FISHING, HUNTING, AND WILDLIFE-ASSOCIATED RECREATION,
NATIONAL AND STATE OVERVIEWS, U.S. FISH & WILDLIFE SERVICE.

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